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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
March 13, 2014 SD HB 1177 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 18)
March 13, 2014 SD HB 1177 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 7)
March 12, 2014 SD SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Veto Override Failed - Senate (16 - 19)
March 11, 2014 SD HB 1162 Prohibits Sex-Selective Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 10)
March 10, 2014 SD HB 1162 Prohibits Sex-Selective Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
March 10, 2014 SD SB 180 Increases Maximum Number of Video Lottery Machines Authorized in a Licensed Establishment Bill Failed - House (26 - 44)
March 5, 2014 SD HB 1229 Requires Certain Individuals to be Reported to the National Background Check System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
March 5, 2014 SD HJR 1001 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 10)
March 5, 2014 SD HJR 1002 Increases Legislative Term Limit Length Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
March 4, 2014 SD HB 1123 Extends the Alcoholic Beverage Service Hours of Certain Hotels Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 20)
March 3, 2014 SD SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
Feb. 20, 2014 SD HB 1229 Requires Certain Individuals to be Reported to the National Background Check System Bill Passed - House (53 - 17)
Feb. 19, 2014 SD HB 1097 Amends Criteria for Classifying Property as Agricultural Land Bill Passed - House (37 - 33)
Feb. 19, 2014 SD SB 180 Increases Maximum Number of Video Lottery Machines Authorized in a Licensed Establishment Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
Feb. 12, 2014 SD SB 142 Increases Salary for State Legislators Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 15)
Feb. 10, 2014 SD HB 1158 Establishes a Prenatal Care Program for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (46 - 22)
Feb. 10, 2014 SD SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
Feb. 6, 2014 SD HB 1185 Authorizes Certain Nonresidents to Obtain Waterfowl Hunting Licenses Bill Passed - House (36 - 32)
Feb. 6, 2014 SD HB 1123 Extends the Alcoholic Beverage Service Hours of Certain Hotels Bill Passed - House (36 - 33)
Feb. 5, 2014 SD HJR 1002 Increases Legislative Term Limit Length Joint Resolution Passed - House (54 - 16)
Feb. 4, 2014 SD SB 75 Prohibits a Local Government From Establishing a Dog Breed-Specific Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
Jan. 30, 2014 SD HJR 1001 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Amendment Adopted - House (37 - 30)
Jan. 29, 2014 SD SB 76 Amends Self Defense Against a Mountain Lion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Jan. 29, 2014 SD HCR 1008 Prohibits Expansion of Common Core State Standards Joint Resolution Failed - House (31 - 35)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/13 HB 1177 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 18)
3/13 HB 1177 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 7)
3/12 SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Veto Override Failed - Senate (16 - 19)
3/11 HB 1162 Prohibits Sex-Selective Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 10)
3/10 HB 1162 Prohibits Sex-Selective Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
3/10 SB 180 Increases Maximum Number of Video Lottery Machines Authorized in a Licensed Establishment Bill Failed - House (26 - 44)
3/05 HB 1229 Requires Certain Individuals to be Reported to the National Background Check System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
3/05 HJR 1001 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Amendment Adopted - Senate (25 - 10)
3/05 HJR 1002 Increases Legislative Term Limit Length Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
3/04 HB 1123 Extends the Alcoholic Beverage Service Hours of Certain Hotels Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 20)
3/03 SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Bill Passed - House (39 - 31)
2/20 HB 1229 Requires Certain Individuals to be Reported to the National Background Check System Bill Passed - House (53 - 17)
2/19 HB 1097 Amends Criteria for Classifying Property as Agricultural Land Bill Passed - House (37 - 33)
2/19 SB 180 Increases Maximum Number of Video Lottery Machines Authorized in a Licensed Establishment Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
2/12 SB 142 Increases Salary for State Legislators Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 15)
2/10 HB 1158 Establishes a Prenatal Care Program for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (46 - 22)
2/10 SB 98 Authorizes Certain Municipalities to Increase Occupancy Tax Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
2/06 HB 1185 Authorizes Certain Nonresidents to Obtain Waterfowl Hunting Licenses Bill Passed - House (36 - 32)
2/06 HB 1123 Extends the Alcoholic Beverage Service Hours of Certain Hotels Bill Passed - House (36 - 33)
2/05 HJR 1002 Increases Legislative Term Limit Length Joint Resolution Passed - House (54 - 16)
2/04 SB 75 Prohibits a Local Government From Establishing a Dog Breed-Specific Regulation Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
1/30 HJR 1001 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Amendment Adopted - House (37 - 30)
1/29 SB 76 Amends Self Defense Against a Mountain Lion Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
1/29 HCR 1008 Prohibits Expansion of Common Core State Standards Joint Resolution Failed - House (31 - 35)

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