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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 12, 2020 SC S 635 Expands Access to Absentee Voting Conference Report Adopted - House (108 - 0)
May 12, 2020 SC H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
March 17, 2020 SC H 4014 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
March 4, 2020 SC H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
May 21, 2019 SC H 4000 Establishes a State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 8)
May 20, 2019 SC H 4243 Authorizes Tax Incentives for Carolina Panthers Training Facilities Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
May 9, 2019 SC S 11 Authorizes Year-Round Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - House (97 - 10)
April 25, 2019 SC H 3020 Prohibits Abortion After a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (64 - 22)
April 3, 2019 SC H 3438 Establishes State Department of Veterans Affairs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 29)
March 26, 2019 SC H 4243 Authorizes Tax Incentives for Carolina Panthers Training Facilities Bill Passed - House (90 - 25)
March 6, 2019 SC H 3759 Increases Teacher Pay Bill Passed - House (113 - 4)
Jan. 29, 2019 SC S 176 Authorizes Death Penalty by Firing Squad Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 9, 2018 SC S 109 Prohibits Flying Drones Over Military Installations Bill Passed - House (88 - 1)
May 2, 2018 SC S 28 Amends Rule Related to Time-Off Credits For Religious Exemption Bill Passed - House (84 - 20)
April 10, 2018 SC H 4421 Expands Use of Solar Power Bill Failed - House (61 - 44)
Feb. 7, 2018 SC H 3529 Prohibits Local Regulations on Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
May 10, 2017 SC H 3864 Amends Restrictions on Children's Car Seats Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 24)
April 5, 2017 SC H 3930 Amends Handgun Carry Rules Bill Passed - House (64 - 46)
April 4, 2017 SC H 3864 Amends Restrictions on Children's Car Seats Bill Passed - House (75 - 28)
April 4, 2017 SC H 3809 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (64 - 38)
March 10, 2017 SC H 3643 Requires Public Universities to Adopt Antisemitism Policy Bill Passed - House (103 - 3)
March 1, 2017 SC H 3516 Increases Gas Taxes and Fees to Improve Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (97 - 18)
June 15, 2016 SC H 3440 Requires Certain Safety Regulations to Operate a Moped Veto Override Passed - House (69 - 33)
May 31, 2016 SC S 1258 Amends Structure and Funding of Department of Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 10)
May 17, 2016 SC H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - House (79 - 29)
March 9, 2016 SC H 3579 Appropriates Funds for Highways Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
March 8, 2016 SC H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 9)
March 3, 2016 SC H 4701 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Restrictions on Firearms Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
Jan. 28, 2016 SC H 3521 Prohibits Courts From Enforcing Foreign Law Bill Passed - House (68 - 42)
Jan. 13, 2016 SC H 3440 Requires Certain Safety Regulations to Operate a Moped Bill Passed - House (67 - 41)
July 9, 2015 SC S 897 Requires Removal of Confederate Flag from Capitol Grounds Bill Passed - House (94 - 20)
Feb. 12, 2015 SC H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (71 - 22)
June 4, 2014 SC H 4701 2014-2015 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
June 4, 2014 SC H 4701 2014-2015 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 28)
April 30, 2014 SC H 3435 Amends Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
April 2, 2014 SC H 4803 Authorizes Individuals with Epilepsy to Use Oil Derived from Marijuana Bill Passed - House (90 - 24)
March 20, 2014 SC H 4223 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
March 19, 2014 SC H 3101 Prohibits Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 33)
Jan. 23, 2014 SC SB 308 Authorizes Carrying Concealed Weapons into Businesses that Serve Alcohol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 18)
Jan. 15, 2014 SC H 3147 Expands Workers' Compensation for Certain Injuries to Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)
June 26, 2012 SC H 4497 Authorizes Information On and Access to the HPV Vaccine Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 47)
March 29, 2012 SC H 4894 Authorizes Income Tax Credit for Tuition Payments Bill Passed - House (62 - 38)
March 28, 2012 SC SB 1227 Prohibits Camping on State House Grounds Bill Passed - House (85 - 22)
March 21, 2012 SC HB 4967 Amends the South Carolina Retirement System Bill Passed - House (86 - 27)
June 22, 2011 SC H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 17)
June 22, 2011 SC H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 54)
June 14, 2011 SC H 3992 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (83 - 25)
May 25, 2011 SC S 20 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - House (65 - 39)
May 25, 2011 SC H 3407 Establishing a School Voucher Program Bill Tabled - House (60 - 59)
May 11, 2011 SC H 3003 Voter ID Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 16)
April 28, 2011 SC Amdt 46 Educational Television Commission Amendment to 2011-2012 Budget Amendment Adopted - House (25 - 18)
April 27, 2011 SC Amendment No. 1 Distribution Facilities and the Sales Tax Amendment Rejected - House (47 - 71)
April 26, 2011 SC H 3003 Voter ID Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 36)
April 5, 2011 SC S 434 Prohibiting DHHS From Reducing Provider Rates Joint Resolution Passed - House (63 - 44)
March 29, 2011 SC H 3408 Freedom of Conscience Act Bill Passed - House (69 - 41)
March 15, 2011 SC Amdt 71 Repeals Funding for the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Amendment Rejected - House (46 - 69)
March 15, 2011 SC H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
March 10, 2011 SC S 20 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
March 1, 2011 SC S 434 Prohibiting DHHS From Reducing Provider Rates Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
Feb. 23, 2011 SC H 3241 Funding for Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (85 - 32)
Feb. 16, 2011 SC H 3507 Call For Constitutional Convention Resolution Passed - House (72 - 44)
Feb. 10, 2011 SC H 3003 Voter ID Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 17)
Jan. 26, 2011 SC H 3003 Voter ID Bill Passed - House (74 - 45)
June 3, 2010 SC H 4657 2010-2011 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 16)
June 3, 2010 SC H 4657 2010-2011 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 54)
May 13, 2010 SC H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
May 12, 2010 SC H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Passed - House (90 - 29)
April 14, 2010 SC H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 12)
March 10, 2010 SC H 3305 Requiring Secret Ballot Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 12)
March 10, 2010 SC H 3305 Requiring Secret Ballot Elections Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 9)
Feb. 24, 2010 SC S 191 Authorizing Warrantless Searches and Seizures of Probationers and Parolees Motion Agreed - House (81 - 26)
Feb. 10, 2010 SC H 3272 Property Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (28 - 13)
Jan. 13, 2010 SC H 4219 Censuring Governor Mark Sanford Resolution Passed - House (102 - 11)
June 16, 2009 SC S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Veto Override Passed - Senate (35 - 9)
May 20, 2009 SC H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Veto Override Passed - House (98 - 19)
May 20, 2009 SC H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
March 11, 2009 SC H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Motion Agreed - House (71 - 43)
March 3, 2009 SC H 3418 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (67 - 44)
Feb. 26, 2009 SC H 3245 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions Bill Passed - House (87 - 24)
Feb. 24, 2009 SC Amdt 2 Exempting Cases of Rape from Abortion Waiting Period Amendment Tabled - House (69 - 45)
Feb. 24, 2009 SC Amdt 5 Prohibiting Employment Termination Due to Abortion Waiting Period Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 60)
Feb. 18, 2009 SC S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
Feb. 12, 2009 SC H 3301 Payday Lending Regulations Motion Agreed - House (93 - 16)
Oct. 21, 2008 SC S 429 DNA Sampling Upon Felony Arrest Veto Override Passed - House (86 - 25)
Oct. 21, 2008 SC H Amdt 11 to H 5300 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. Funding Amendment Tabled - House (66 - 50)
Oct. 21, 2008 SC H Amdt 20 to H 5300 Repealing Property Tax Exemption Amendment Tabled - House (98 - 17)
May 29, 2008 SC H 4400 Immigration Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 16)
May 27, 2008 SC H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 57)
May 21, 2008 SC H 3816 Bankruptcy Exemptions Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 26)
May 21, 2008 SC H Amdt 7A To Reduce Income Tax Amendment Tabled - House (68 - 52)
May 21, 2008 SC H Amdt 4A Cigarette Tax for Small Business Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (60 - 58)
May 21, 2008 SC H Amdt 3A Cigarette Tax Increase for Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (67 - 51)
May 14, 2008 SC H 3032 Immigration Reform Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (20 - 26)
May 7, 2008 SC S Amdt P-4A Cigarette Tax Rate Adjustment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (18 - 24)
May 7, 2008 SC Amendment No. 8A Requiring Employers to Verify Immigration the Status of Their Employees Amendment Adopted - House (80 - 33)
May 7, 2008 SC H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
May 6, 2008 SC S Amdt P-1 Cigarette Tax Increase for Medicaid Amendment Tabled - Senate (31 - 13)
April 10, 2008 SC H 3427 Ending Common Law Marriage Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (21 - 17)
April 9, 2008 SC H 4549 Funding Road Repair and Maintenance Bill Passed - House (91 - 9)
April 9, 2008 SC H 4673 Cost-of-Living Pension Increases for Retired Legislators and State Workers Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/12 S 635 Expands Access to Absentee Voting Conference Report Adopted - House (108 - 0)
5/12 H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
3/17 H 4014 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
3/04 H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
5/21 H 4000 Establishes a State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 8)
5/20 H 4243 Authorizes Tax Incentives for Carolina Panthers Training Facilities Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
5/09 S 11 Authorizes Year-Round Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - House (97 - 10)
4/25 H 3020 Prohibits Abortion After a Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (64 - 22)
4/03 H 3438 Establishes State Department of Veterans Affairs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 29)
3/26 H 4243 Authorizes Tax Incentives for Carolina Panthers Training Facilities Bill Passed - House (90 - 25)
3/06 H 3759 Increases Teacher Pay Bill Passed - House (113 - 4)
1/29 S 176 Authorizes Death Penalty by Firing Squad Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
5/09 S 109 Prohibits Flying Drones Over Military Installations Bill Passed - House (88 - 1)
5/02 S 28 Amends Rule Related to Time-Off Credits For Religious Exemption Bill Passed - House (84 - 20)
4/10 H 4421 Expands Use of Solar Power Bill Failed - House (61 - 44)
2/07 H 3529 Prohibits Local Regulations on Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
5/10 H 3864 Amends Restrictions on Children's Car Seats Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 24)
4/05 H 3930 Amends Handgun Carry Rules Bill Passed - House (64 - 46)
4/04 H 3864 Amends Restrictions on Children's Car Seats Bill Passed - House (75 - 28)
4/04 H 3809 Requires Coverage for 12-Month Refills of Contraceptive Drugs Bill Passed - House (64 - 38)
3/10 H 3643 Requires Public Universities to Adopt Antisemitism Policy Bill Passed - House (103 - 3)
3/01 H 3516 Increases Gas Taxes and Fees to Improve Infrastructure Bill Passed - House (97 - 18)
6/15 H 3440 Requires Certain Safety Regulations to Operate a Moped Veto Override Passed - House (69 - 33)
5/31 S 1258 Amends Structure and Funding of Department of Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 10)
5/17 H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - House (79 - 29)
3/09 H 3579 Appropriates Funds for Highways Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
3/08 H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 9)
3/03 H 4701 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Restrictions on Firearms Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
1/28 H 3521 Prohibits Courts From Enforcing Foreign Law Bill Passed - House (68 - 42)
1/13 H 3440 Requires Certain Safety Regulations to Operate a Moped Bill Passed - House (67 - 41)
7/09 S 897 Requires Removal of Confederate Flag from Capitol Grounds Bill Passed - House (94 - 20)
2/12 H 3114 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (71 - 22)
6/04 H 4701 2014-2015 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
6/04 H 4701 2014-2015 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 28)
4/30 H 3435 Amends Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - House (51 - 49)
4/02 H 4803 Authorizes Individuals with Epilepsy to Use Oil Derived from Marijuana Bill Passed - House (90 - 24)
3/20 H 4223 Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
3/19 H 3101 Prohibits Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Bill Failed - Senate (9 - 33)
1/23 SB 308 Authorizes Carrying Concealed Weapons into Businesses that Serve Alcohol Concurrence Vote Passed - House (90 - 18)
1/15 H 3147 Expands Workers' Compensation for Certain Injuries to Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)
6/26 H 4497 Authorizes Information On and Access to the HPV Vaccine Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 47)
3/29 H 4894 Authorizes Income Tax Credit for Tuition Payments Bill Passed - House (62 - 38)
3/28 SB 1227 Prohibits Camping on State House Grounds Bill Passed - House (85 - 22)
3/21 HB 4967 Amends the South Carolina Retirement System Bill Passed - House (86 - 27)
6/22 H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 17)
6/22 H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 54)
6/14 H 3992 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (83 - 25)
5/25 S 20 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - House (65 - 39)
5/25 H 3407 Establishing a School Voucher Program Bill Tabled - House (60 - 59)
5/11 H 3003 Voter ID Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 16)
4/28 Amdt 46 Educational Television Commission Amendment to 2011-2012 Budget Amendment Adopted - House (25 - 18)
4/27 Amendment No. 1 Distribution Facilities and the Sales Tax Amendment Rejected - House (47 - 71)
4/26 H 3003 Voter ID Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 36)
4/05 S 434 Prohibiting DHHS From Reducing Provider Rates Joint Resolution Passed - House (63 - 44)
3/29 H 3408 Freedom of Conscience Act Bill Passed - House (69 - 41)
3/15 Amdt 71 Repeals Funding for the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Amendment Rejected - House (46 - 69)
3/15 H 3700 2011-2012 Budget Bill Passed - House (77 - 42)
3/10 S 20 Immigration Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 9)
3/01 S 434 Prohibiting DHHS From Reducing Provider Rates Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
2/23 H 3241 Funding for Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (85 - 32)
2/16 H 3507 Call For Constitutional Convention Resolution Passed - House (72 - 44)
2/10 H 3003 Voter ID Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 17)
1/26 H 3003 Voter ID Bill Passed - House (74 - 45)
6/03 H 4657 2010-2011 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 16)
6/03 H 4657 2010-2011 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 54)
5/13 H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
5/12 H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Passed - House (90 - 29)
4/14 H 3584 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 12)
3/10 H 3305 Requiring Secret Ballot Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (106 - 12)
3/10 H 3305 Requiring Secret Ballot Elections Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 9)
2/24 S 191 Authorizing Warrantless Searches and Seizures of Probationers and Parolees Motion Agreed - House (81 - 26)
2/10 H 3272 Property Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (28 - 13)
1/13 H 4219 Censuring Governor Mark Sanford Resolution Passed - House (102 - 11)
6/16 S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Veto Override Passed - Senate (35 - 9)
5/20 H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Veto Override Passed - House (98 - 19)
5/20 H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 11)
3/11 H 3560 2009-2010 Budget Motion Agreed - House (71 - 43)
3/03 H 3418 Requiring Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (67 - 44)
2/26 H 3245 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions Bill Passed - House (87 - 24)
2/24 Amdt 2 Exempting Cases of Rape from Abortion Waiting Period Amendment Tabled - House (69 - 45)
2/24 Amdt 5 Prohibiting Employment Termination Due to Abortion Waiting Period Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 60)
2/18 S 351 State Ports Authority Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
2/12 H 3301 Payday Lending Regulations Motion Agreed - House (93 - 16)
10/21 S 429 DNA Sampling Upon Felony Arrest Veto Override Passed - House (86 - 25)
10/21 H Amdt 11 to H 5300 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. Funding Amendment Tabled - House (66 - 50)
10/21 H Amdt 20 to H 5300 Repealing Property Tax Exemption Amendment Tabled - House (98 - 17)
5/29 H 4400 Immigration Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 16)
5/27 H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 57)
5/21 H 3816 Bankruptcy Exemptions Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 26)
5/21 H Amdt 7A To Reduce Income Tax Amendment Tabled - House (68 - 52)
5/21 H Amdt 4A Cigarette Tax for Small Business Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (60 - 58)
5/21 H Amdt 3A Cigarette Tax Increase for Employee Health Care Amendment Tabled - House (67 - 51)
5/14 H 3032 Immigration Reform Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (20 - 26)
5/07 S Amdt P-4A Cigarette Tax Rate Adjustment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (18 - 24)
5/07 Amendment No. 8A Requiring Employers to Verify Immigration the Status of Their Employees Amendment Adopted - House (80 - 33)
5/07 H 3567 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
5/06 S Amdt P-1 Cigarette Tax Increase for Medicaid Amendment Tabled - Senate (31 - 13)
4/10 H 3427 Ending Common Law Marriage Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (21 - 17)
4/09 H 4549 Funding Road Repair and Maintenance Bill Passed - House (91 - 9)
4/09 H 4673 Cost-of-Living Pension Increases for Retired Legislators and State Workers Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)

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