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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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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
May 5, 2021 SC S 200 Establishes the Firing Squad as an Alternative Method of Execution Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
April 28, 2021 SC H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
April 8, 2021 SC S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
April 8, 2021 SC S 177 Prohibits Business from Firing Employees if they Don't Get Vaccinated Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 7)
April 8, 2021 SC H 3620 Increases Penalties for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (71 - 28)
April 7, 2021 SC H 3096 Authorizes the Permitless Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (69 - 47)
March 31, 2021 SC S 499 Requires Legislative Oversight Over Governor Election Commission Appointments Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
March 25, 2021 SC H 3011 Increases Penalties for Driving in the Left Lane on the Interstate for Extended Periods of Time Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
March 18, 2021 SC H 3094 Authorizes Individuals with Concealed Carry Permits to Open Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (73 - 26)
March 17, 2021 SC H 3105 Establishes Churches as Essential Services Bill Passed - House (83 - 22)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
March 11, 2021 SC H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
March 10, 2021 SC H 3444 Authorizes the State Election Commission to Establish Statewide Election Laws and Procedures Bill Passed - House (84 - 36)
March 9, 2021 SC S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
March 4, 2021 SC H 3609 Increases Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
March 2, 2021 SC S 200 Establishes the Electric Chair as the Default Method of Execution Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 11)
Feb. 25, 2021 SC S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
Feb. 17, 2021 SC S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
Feb. 3, 2021 SC H 3589 Authorizes School Districts to Incorporate Multiple Schools in One District Bill Passed - House (81 - 32)
Jan. 28, 2021 SC S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
Jan. 26, 2021 SC H 3194 Authorizes the Sale of Santee Cooper Bill Passed - House (89 - 26)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/05 S 200 Establishes the Firing Squad as an Alternative Method of Execution Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
4/28 H 3623 Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Crimes Bill Passed - House (62 - 45)
4/08 S 685 Authorizes College Athletes to be Paid for the Use of their Likeness Bill Passed - House (22 - 21)
4/08 S 177 Prohibits Business from Firing Employees if they Don't Get Vaccinated Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 7)
4/08 H 3620 Increases Penalties for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (71 - 28)
4/07 H 3096 Authorizes the Permitless Carry of Firearms Bill Passed - House (69 - 47)
3/31 S 499 Requires Legislative Oversight Over Governor Election Commission Appointments Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
3/25 H 3011 Increases Penalties for Driving in the Left Lane on the Interstate for Extended Periods of Time Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
3/18 H 3094 Authorizes Individuals with Concealed Carry Permits to Open Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (73 - 26)
3/17 H 3105 Establishes Churches as Essential Services Bill Passed - House (83 - 22)
3/11 H 3575 Authorizes Restaurants to Include Alcohol in Curb-Side Pickup Meals Bill Passed - House (99 - 14)
3/11 H 3772 Auuthorizes Home Delivery for Beer and Wine Bill Passed - House (84 - 27)
3/10 H 3444 Authorizes the State Election Commission to Establish Statewide Election Laws and Procedures Bill Passed - House (84 - 36)
3/09 S 571 Expands Availability of Naloxone (Narcan) Prescriptions to Patients Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
3/04 H 3609 Increases Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
3/02 S 200 Establishes the Electric Chair as the Default Method of Execution Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 11)
2/25 S 147 Establishes COVID-19 Liability Protections for Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 3)
2/17 S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - House (79 - 35)
2/03 H 3589 Authorizes School Districts to Incorporate Multiple Schools in One District Bill Passed - House (81 - 32)
1/28 S 0001 Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat is Detected Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
1/26 H 3194 Authorizes the Sale of Santee Cooper Bill Passed - House (89 - 26)

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