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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, 2015 SD SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 9)
March 13, 2015 SD SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 11)
March 10, 2015 SD SB 69 Amends Procedures for Elections and Election Petitions Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
March 10, 2015 SD SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
March 3, 2015 SD SB 89 Requires School Safety Plans and Lockdown Drills Bill Failed - House (30 - 37)
March 3, 2015 SD HB 1030 Requires Motorists to Maintain Safe Distance When Passing Cyclists Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Feb. 24, 2015 SD SB 189 Establishes Tax Credit Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 18, 2015 SD SB 177 Establishes a Youth Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Feb. 17, 2015 SD HJR 1001 Requests a Constitutional Convention Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
Feb. 17, 2015 SD HB 1030 Requires Motorists to Maintain Safe Distance When Passing Cyclists Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
Feb. 10, 2015 SD HB 1195 Requires a Student's Gender Identity to be Determined by a Birth Certificate Bill Passed - House (51 - 16)
Feb. 10, 2015 SD HB 1116 Authorizes Concealed Carry Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (44 - 23)
Feb. 5, 2015 SD HB 1096 Requires Background Check for Concealed Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (52 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2015 SD SB 57 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/13 SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 9)
3/13 SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 11)
3/10 SB 69 Amends Procedures for Elections and Election Petitions Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
3/10 SB 1 Increases Speed Limit Bill Passed - House (54 - 14)
3/03 SB 89 Requires School Safety Plans and Lockdown Drills Bill Failed - House (30 - 37)
3/03 HB 1030 Requires Motorists to Maintain Safe Distance When Passing Cyclists Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
2/24 SB 189 Establishes Tax Credit Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
2/18 SB 177 Establishes a Youth Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
2/17 HJR 1001 Requests a Constitutional Convention Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
2/17 HB 1030 Requires Motorists to Maintain Safe Distance When Passing Cyclists Bill Passed - House (53 - 16)
2/10 HB 1195 Requires a Student's Gender Identity to be Determined by a Birth Certificate Bill Passed - House (51 - 16)
2/10 HB 1116 Authorizes Concealed Carry Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (44 - 23)
2/05 HB 1096 Requires Background Check for Concealed Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (52 - 15)
2/05 SB 57 Authorizes Additional Types of Games in Deadwood City Casinos Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)

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