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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:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
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)
Date No. Title Outcome
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)

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