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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
Oct. 18, 2021 TX SB 6 Amends State Congressional Districts Conference Report Adopted - House (84 - 59)
Oct. 8, 2021 TX SB 6 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
Aug. 27, 2021 TX SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - House (80 - 41)
Aug. 27, 2021 TX SB 13 Repeals Certain 2022 Election Dates Bill Passed - House (96 - 25)
Aug. 11, 2021 TX SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
July 13, 2021 TX SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 4)
May 30, 2021 TX HB 1987 Amends Eligibility Requirements for Candidates Seeking Elective Office of Federal, State, or County Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 18)
May 28, 2021 TX HB 2283 Limits How Funding is Used to Administer Elections in the State Concurrence Vote Passed - House (96 - 50)
May 27, 2021 TX SB 1113 Authorizes the Secretary of State's Office to Withhold Funding from County Election Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
May 25, 2021 TX HB 2283 Limits How Funding is Used to Administer Elections in the State Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
May 25, 2021 TX SB 1111 Requires Voters Register Their Physical Address Instead of a P.O. Box When Registering to Vote Bill Passed - House (81 - 65)
May 25, 2021 TX HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
May 25, 2021 TX SB 1387 Requires Voting System Equipment be Manufactured, Stores, and Held in the United States Bill Passed - House (108 - 35)
May 24, 2021 TX SB 1113 Authorizes the Secretary of State's Office to Withhold Funding from County Election Officials Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
May 22, 2021 TX HB 1128 Authorizes Certain Individuals to be Lawfully Present at a Polling Place on Election Day while a Judge Presides Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
May 18, 2021 TX HB 574 Establishes 2 New Classes of Election Fraud Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 48)
May 18, 2021 TX HB 1382 Requires the Secretary of State Develop an Online Tool for Early Voting Application Tracking Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
May 14, 2021 TX HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
May 12, 2021 TX HB 574 Establishes 2 New Classes of Election Fraud Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
May 7, 2021 TX SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - House (78 - 64)
May 7, 2021 TX HB 2149 Establishes Mobile or "Rolling" Temporary Polling Places Bill Passed - House (99 - 41)
April 28, 2021 TX SB 1111 Requires Voters Register Their Physical Address Instead of a P.O. Box When Registering to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
April 12, 2021 TX SB 1112 Increases Penalties for Accepting Early Mail-In Ballots Without Verifying the Signature Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
April 12, 2021 TX SB 1114 Requires Voter Registrars Cross-Reference Voter Rolls with the DMV to Remove Ineligible Voters Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
April 1, 2021 TX SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
May 20, 2019 TX HB 2911 Amends Election Law to Determine Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
May 6, 2017 TX HB 25 Prohibits One-Punch Straight Ticket Voting Bill Passed - House (88 - 57)
June 23, 2013 TX SB 3 State House Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
June 21, 2013 TX SB 3 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 46)
June 21, 2013 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
June 21, 2013 TX SB 2 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (109 - 30)
June 14, 2013 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
May 15, 2013 TX SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Failed - House (61 - 80)
April 26, 2013 TX HB 148 Prohibits Multiple Ballots from Being Turned in by 1 Individual Bill Passed - House (93 - 48)
March 19, 2013 TX SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
June 22, 2011 TX SB 22 Establishing the Texas Congressional Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
June 20, 2011 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
June 15, 2011 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
June 6, 2011 TX SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
May 21, 2011 TX HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
May 16, 2011 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (98 - 46)
May 9, 2011 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
April 28, 2011 TX HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - House (92 - 54)
March 24, 2011 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (101 - 48)
Jan. 26, 2011 TX SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
March 11, 2009 TX SB 362 Requiring Proof of Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
April 24, 2007 TX HB 218 Voter Identification Requirement Bill Passed - House (76 - 69)
April 13, 2007 TX HB 2017 Early Presidential Primary Bill Passed - House (123 - 12)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/18 SB 6 Amends State Congressional Districts Conference Report Adopted - House (84 - 59)
10/08 SB 6 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
8/27 SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - House (80 - 41)
8/27 SB 13 Repeals Certain 2022 Election Dates Bill Passed - House (96 - 25)
8/11 SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
7/13 SB 1 Amends Various Early Voting Laws to Require Individual Signature Verification and Prohibit Drive-Thru and 24 Hour Voting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 4)
5/30 HB 1987 Amends Eligibility Requirements for Candidates Seeking Elective Office of Federal, State, or County Government Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 18)
5/28 HB 2283 Limits How Funding is Used to Administer Elections in the State Concurrence Vote Passed - House (96 - 50)
5/27 SB 1113 Authorizes the Secretary of State's Office to Withhold Funding from County Election Officials Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
5/25 HB 2283 Limits How Funding is Used to Administer Elections in the State Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
5/25 SB 1111 Requires Voters Register Their Physical Address Instead of a P.O. Box When Registering to Vote Bill Passed - House (81 - 65)
5/25 HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
5/25 SB 1387 Requires Voting System Equipment be Manufactured, Stores, and Held in the United States Bill Passed - House (108 - 35)
5/24 SB 1113 Authorizes the Secretary of State's Office to Withhold Funding from County Election Officials Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
5/22 HB 1128 Authorizes Certain Individuals to be Lawfully Present at a Polling Place on Election Day while a Judge Presides Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
5/18 HB 574 Establishes 2 New Classes of Election Fraud Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (94 - 48)
5/18 HB 1382 Requires the Secretary of State Develop an Online Tool for Early Voting Application Tracking Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
5/14 HB 3920 Authorizes Pregnant Women to Vote by Mail if Their Due Date is 3 Weeks Before or After the Election Bill Passed - House (99 - 44)
5/12 HB 574 Establishes 2 New Classes of Election Fraud Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
5/07 SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - House (78 - 64)
5/07 HB 2149 Establishes Mobile or "Rolling" Temporary Polling Places Bill Passed - House (99 - 41)
4/28 SB 1111 Requires Voters Register Their Physical Address Instead of a P.O. Box When Registering to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
4/12 SB 1112 Increases Penalties for Accepting Early Mail-In Ballots Without Verifying the Signature Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
4/12 SB 1114 Requires Voter Registrars Cross-Reference Voter Rolls with the DMV to Remove Ineligible Voters Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
4/01 SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
5/20 HB 2911 Amends Election Law to Determine Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
5/06 HB 25 Prohibits One-Punch Straight Ticket Voting Bill Passed - House (88 - 57)
6/23 SB 3 State House Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
6/21 SB 3 State House Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 46)
6/21 SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
6/21 SB 2 State Senate Redistricting Bill Passed - House (109 - 30)
6/14 SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 11)
5/15 SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Failed - House (61 - 80)
4/26 HB 148 Prohibits Multiple Ballots from Being Turned in by 1 Individual Bill Passed - House (93 - 48)
3/19 SJR 13 Establishes Term Limits For Certain Elected Officials Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
6/22 SB 22 Establishing the Texas Congressional Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
6/20 SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
6/15 SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
6/06 SB 4 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
5/21 HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
5/16 SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - House (98 - 46)
5/09 SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
4/28 HB 150 2011-2012 Redistricting Bill Passed - House (92 - 54)
3/24 SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (101 - 48)
1/26 SB 14 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
3/11 SB 362 Requiring Proof of Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
4/24 HB 218 Voter Identification Requirement Bill Passed - House (76 - 69)
4/13 HB 2017 Early Presidential Primary Bill Passed - House (123 - 12)

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