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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 25, 2021 TX SB 827 Reduces the Price of Insulin Copayments and Caps the Cost at $50 Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
May 24, 2019 TX HB 1576 Authorizes Medicaid Payments to Ride-Hailing Sites for Appointment Pickup Concurrence Vote Passed - House (141 - 0)
May 24, 2019 TX HB 1584 Repeals Step Therapy or "Fail First" Protocols for Metastatic Stage 4 Cancer Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (115 - 24)
May 24, 2019 TX HB 1576 Authorizes Medicaid Payments to Ride-Hailing Sites for Appointment Pickup Concurrence Vote Passed - House (141 - 0)
May 24, 2019 TX HB 3285 Establishes Services for Substance Use Disorders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 18)
May 24, 2019 TX HB 3285 Establishes Services for Substance Use Disorders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 18)
May 23, 2019 TX HB 16 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 57)
May 22, 2019 TX HB 2536 Establishes Drug-Pricing Transparency Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
May 22, 2019 TX HB 2536 Establishes Drug-Pricing Transparency Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
May 9, 2019 TX HB 1739 Prohibits Unfair Settlement Practice Regarding Motorist Insurance Coverage Bill Passed - House (105 - 32)
May 3, 2019 TX HB 2271 Authorizes the Advertisement of "Choose Life Grant" Funds Bill Passed - House (94 - 47)
April 16, 2019 TX SB 1264 Authorizes Arbitration Processes for Insurers to Stop "Surprise Billings" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
April 16, 2019 TX SB 1264 Authorizes Arbitration Processes for Insurers to Stop "Surprise Billings" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
Aug. 13, 2017 TX HB 214 Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
Aug. 11, 2017 TX HB 7 Specifies Tree Removal Regulations Municipalities May Impose Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 14)
Aug. 4, 2017 TX HB 215 Requires Additional Reporting for Abortions Performed on Minors Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
July 25, 2017 TX SB 10 Changes for Abortion Requirements at Health Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
May 11, 2017 TX HB 39 Prohibits Vaccination of New Foster Children Bill Passed - House (132 - 11)
May 6, 2017 TX HB 2466 Expands Healthcare to Cover Postpartum Depression Bill Passed - House (135 - 7)
March 30, 2017 TX SB 258 Authorizes Burial or Cremation of Fetal Tissue After Abortion or Miscarriage Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
May 6, 2015 TX SB 575 Prohibits Health Plan Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
May 22, 2013 TX SB 21 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (104 - 42)
May 10, 2013 TX HB 1340 Authorizes Certain Children to Consent to Immunizations Bill Passed - House (71 - 61)
May 9, 2013 TX SB 376 Establishes a Free Breakfast Program for Students Bill Passed - House (73 - 58)
May 2, 2013 TX HB 772 Requires Individuals to Opt-Out of Immunization Registry Bill Passed - House (99 - 47)
May 1, 2013 TX HB 489 Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Bill Passed - House (120 - 21)
April 18, 2013 TX SB 303 Amends the End-of-Life Care Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
June 16, 2011 TX HB 5 Interstate Health Care Compact Bill Passed - House (92 - 43)
June 9, 2011 TX SB 7 Health Care Bill Passed - House (89 - 41)
May 25, 2011 TX H Amdt 1 Interstate Health Care Compact Amendment Adopted - House (99 - 43)
May 20, 2011 TX H Amdt 53 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Amendment Adopted - House (73 - 66)
May 17, 2011 TX SB 420 Eligibility for Indigent Health Care Bill Passed - House (102 - 40)
April 1, 2011 TX H Amdt 6 Appropriations for the Department of Aging and Disability Services Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 61)
Feb. 17, 2011 TX SB 16 Abortion Procedures Bill Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
May 15, 2009 TX HB 2962 Childrens' Health Care Bill Passed - House (87 - 55)
May 14, 2009 TX HB 1657 Contractor Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - House (73 - 71)
April 20, 2009 TX HB 681 Warning Signs Regarding Mercury Levels in Fish Bill Passed - House (95 - 50)
April 15, 2009 TX SB 1049 Increasing Age Restriction on Tobacco Purchases Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
March 19, 2009 TX SB 188 Authorizes Needle Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
March 19, 2009 TX SB 188 Authorizes Needle Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
May 3, 2007 TX CSSB 920 Ultrasound Required Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
April 27, 2007 TX CSSB 308 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
April 27, 2007 TX CSSB 308 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
April 26, 2007 TX CSSB 785 Abortion Reporting Requirement Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
April 17, 2007 TX CSSB 1909 Treatment for Drug Possession Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
April 4, 2007 TX HB 109 Child Health Care Expansion Bill Passed - House (128 - 17)
March 14, 2007 TX CSHB 1098 Ban on HPV Vaccine Requirement Bill Passed - House (118 - 23)
May 10, 2006 TX F 3 Cigarette Tax Revenue Allocation Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (12 - 18)
May 10, 2006 TX F 4 Cigarette Tax Revenue Allocation Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (10 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/25 SB 827 Reduces the Price of Insulin Copayments and Caps the Cost at $50 Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
5/26 HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
5/26 HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
5/24 HB 1576 Authorizes Medicaid Payments to Ride-Hailing Sites for Appointment Pickup Concurrence Vote Passed - House (141 - 0)
5/24 HB 1584 Repeals Step Therapy or "Fail First" Protocols for Metastatic Stage 4 Cancer Patients Concurrence Vote Passed - House (115 - 24)
5/24 HB 1576 Authorizes Medicaid Payments to Ride-Hailing Sites for Appointment Pickup Concurrence Vote Passed - House (141 - 0)
5/24 HB 3285 Establishes Services for Substance Use Disorders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 18)
5/24 HB 3285 Establishes Services for Substance Use Disorders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (124 - 18)
5/23 HB 16 Establishes Requirements for Abortions Resulting in Premature Birth Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 57)
5/22 HB 2536 Establishes Drug-Pricing Transparency Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
5/22 HB 2536 Establishes Drug-Pricing Transparency Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
5/09 HB 1739 Prohibits Unfair Settlement Practice Regarding Motorist Insurance Coverage Bill Passed - House (105 - 32)
5/03 HB 2271 Authorizes the Advertisement of "Choose Life Grant" Funds Bill Passed - House (94 - 47)
4/16 SB 1264 Authorizes Arbitration Processes for Insurers to Stop "Surprise Billings" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
4/16 SB 1264 Authorizes Arbitration Processes for Insurers to Stop "Surprise Billings" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 2)
8/13 HB 214 Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
8/11 HB 7 Specifies Tree Removal Regulations Municipalities May Impose Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 14)
8/04 HB 215 Requires Additional Reporting for Abortions Performed on Minors Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
7/25 SB 10 Changes for Abortion Requirements at Health Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
5/11 HB 39 Prohibits Vaccination of New Foster Children Bill Passed - House (132 - 11)
5/06 HB 2466 Expands Healthcare to Cover Postpartum Depression Bill Passed - House (135 - 7)
3/30 SB 258 Authorizes Burial or Cremation of Fetal Tissue After Abortion or Miscarriage Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 9)
5/06 SB 575 Prohibits Health Plan Coverage for Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
5/22 SB 21 Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House (104 - 42)
5/10 HB 1340 Authorizes Certain Children to Consent to Immunizations Bill Passed - House (71 - 61)
5/09 SB 376 Establishes a Free Breakfast Program for Students Bill Passed - House (73 - 58)
5/02 HB 772 Requires Individuals to Opt-Out of Immunization Registry Bill Passed - House (99 - 47)
5/01 HB 489 Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Bill Passed - House (120 - 21)
4/18 SB 303 Amends the End-of-Life Care Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
6/16 HB 5 Interstate Health Care Compact Bill Passed - House (92 - 43)
6/09 SB 7 Health Care Bill Passed - House (89 - 41)
5/25 H Amdt 1 Interstate Health Care Compact Amendment Adopted - House (99 - 43)
5/20 H Amdt 53 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Amendment Adopted - House (73 - 66)
5/17 SB 420 Eligibility for Indigent Health Care Bill Passed - House (102 - 40)
4/01 H Amdt 6 Appropriations for the Department of Aging and Disability Services Amendment Adopted - House (67 - 61)
2/17 SB 16 Abortion Procedures Bill Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
5/15 HB 2962 Childrens' Health Care Bill Passed - House (87 - 55)
5/14 HB 1657 Contractor Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - House (73 - 71)
4/20 HB 681 Warning Signs Regarding Mercury Levels in Fish Bill Passed - House (95 - 50)
4/15 SB 1049 Increasing Age Restriction on Tobacco Purchases Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 5)
3/19 SB 188 Authorizes Needle Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
3/19 SB 188 Authorizes Needle Exchange Programs Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
5/03 CSSB 920 Ultrasound Required Prior to Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
4/27 CSSB 308 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
4/27 CSSB 308 Syringe Exchange Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 8)
4/26 CSSB 785 Abortion Reporting Requirement Act Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
4/17 CSSB 1909 Treatment for Drug Possession Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
4/04 HB 109 Child Health Care Expansion Bill Passed - House (128 - 17)
3/14 CSHB 1098 Ban on HPV Vaccine Requirement Bill Passed - House (118 - 23)
5/10 F 3 Cigarette Tax Revenue Allocation Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (12 - 18)
5/10 F 4 Cigarette Tax Revenue Allocation Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (10 - 20)

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