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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
March 4, 2022 UT HB 406 Authorizes Law Enforcement to Distribute Jail Photos as Unprotected Records Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
Feb. 3, 2022 UT HB 18 Specifies Definition for Unlawful Distribution of Counterfeit Intimate Images Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 0)
Feb. 2, 2022 UT HB 161 Establishes a Working Group on Overdose Harm Reduction Bill Failed - House (26 - 43)
Feb. 19, 2021 UT HB 258 Establishes High School Gun Safety Courses Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
Feb. 17, 2021 UT SB 102 Authorizes Lawful Permanent Residents to Apply to Become Peace Officers or Dispatchers Bill Passed - House (65 - 4)
Feb. 16, 2021 UT HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
Feb. 2, 2021 UT HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
Jan. 26, 2021 UT HB 60 Authorizes Concealed Carry in Public Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
June 18, 2020 UT HB 5007 Prohibits Using Knee-Holds and Teaching Chokeholds in Police Academies Bill Passed - House (69 - 5)
April 23, 2020 UT SB 3007 Establishes Immunity from COVID-19 Injury Litigation to Businesses after Reopening Bill Passed - House (54 - 21)
April 23, 2020 UT SB 3007 Establishes Immunity from COVID-19 Injury Litigation to Businesses after Reopening Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
April 17, 2020 UT SB 3002 Establishes Legal Immunity to Doctors who Prescribe Experimental Medications to COVID-19 Patients Bill Passed - House (65 - 7)
April 17, 2020 UT SB 3002 Establishes Legal Immunity to Doctors who Prescribe Experimental Medications to COVID-19 Patients Bill Passed - House (65 - 7)
April 17, 2020 UT SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
April 16, 2020 UT SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
March 12, 2020 UT HB 494 Appropriates Funds In Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 0)
March 3, 2020 UT HB 116 Establishes a Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 0)
Feb. 28, 2020 UT HB 206 Amends Bail and Pretrial Requirements Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
Feb. 26, 2020 UT SB 102 Reduces Criminal Penalties for Polygamy Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
March 12, 2019 UT SB 103 Expands Penalty Enhancements for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (64 - 9)
March 12, 2019 UT SB 103 Expands Penalty Enhancements for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (64 - 9)
March 12, 2019 UT HB 57 Requires Search Warrants for Electronic Information Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 0)
March 12, 2019 UT HB 57 Requires Search Warrants for Electronic Information Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 0)
March 7, 2019 UT HB 114 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
March 6, 2019 UT SB 43 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Fornication Outside of Marriage Bill Passed - House (41 - 32)
Feb. 22, 2019 UT HB 40 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Sodomy and Adultery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
March 9, 2017 UT HB 99 Amends Bigamy Laws Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 14)
March 2, 2017 UT HB 259 Authorizes the Discharge of Firearm for Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
March 2, 2017 UT HB 259 Authorizes the Discharge of Firearm for Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
Feb. 23, 2017 UT HB 99 Amends Bigamy Laws Bill Passed - House (48 - 25)
Feb. 21, 2017 UT HB 198 Authorizes Individuals Aged 18 to 20 to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (63 - 12)
Feb. 17, 2017 UT HB 200 Requires Timely Testing of Rape Kits Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
March 2, 2016 UT SB 107 Amends Definition of a Hate Crime Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 17)
March 2, 2016 UT SB 189 Repeals Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 12)
Feb. 12, 2016 UT HB 136 Classifies Certain Cases of Human Trafficking as Capital Offense Bill Passed - House (44 - 28)
March 12, 2015 UT HB 454 Authorizes Construction of New State Prison Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 14)
March 12, 2015 UT HB 454 Authorizes Construction of New State Prison Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
March 10, 2015 UT HB 11 Authorizes Execution by Firing Squad Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
March 9, 2015 UT SB 256 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
Feb. 13, 2015 UT HB 11 Authorizes Execution by Firing Squad Bill Passed - House (39 - 34)
March 13, 2014 UT SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
March 10, 2014 UT SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 8)
March 5, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 28)
March 5, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 28)
March 4, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 13)
March 4, 2014 UT HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 13)
March 13, 2013 UT HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
March 1, 2013 UT HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
Feb. 28, 2013 UT HB 268 Redefines Disorderly Conduct Regarding Firearms Bill Passed - House (54 - 12)
Feb. 26, 2013 UT HB 121 Authorizes Individuals to Voluntarily Commit Guns to Law Enforcement Agencies Bill Passed - House (44 - 28)
Feb. 15, 2013 UT HB 50 Expands Protective Orders to Dating Relationships Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
March 1, 2012 UT HB 155 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
Feb. 28, 2012 UT HB 316 Extends Waiting Period for Divorce Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
Feb. 21, 2012 UT HB 49 Authorizing the Concealed or Open Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (50 - 21)
Feb. 7, 2012 UT SB 128 Prohibits Minors from Using Cell Phones while Driving Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
Feb. 3, 2012 UT HB 253 Removal of Voters from Voter Registration List Bill Passed - House (46 - 27)
March 3, 2011 UT SB 124 Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (47 - 26)
Feb. 22, 2011 UT SB 96 Alimony Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 17)
Feb. 16, 2011 UT HB 75 Guns On School Premises Bill Passed - House (58 - 15)
Feb. 15, 2011 UT HB 219 Official State Gun Designation Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 24)
Feb. 10, 2011 UT HB 219 Official State Gun Designation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
Feb. 10, 2011 UT SB 124 Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
Feb. 3, 2011 UT HB 223 Innkeeper's Rights Act Modification Bill Failed - House (22 - 48)
Feb. 18, 2010 UT HB 12 Abortion and Homicide Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
Feb. 10, 2010 UT SB 11 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
Feb. 3, 2010 UT SB 11 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
Jan. 29, 2010 UT HB 12 Abortion and Homicide Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (59 - 12)
March 12, 2009 UT HB 290 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29)
March 12, 2009 UT SJR 14 Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals Joint Resolution Failed - House (38 - 35)
March 6, 2009 UT HB 100 Prison Education and Medical Financing Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
March 2, 2009 UT SJR 14 Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
Feb. 18, 2009 UT HB 122 Restricting Access to Government Litigation Records Bill Passed - House (43 - 27)
Feb. 5, 2009 UT SB 16 Prohibiting "Gang Loitering" Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
Feb. 5, 2009 UT SB 16 Prohibiting "Gang Loitering" Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
March 5, 2008 UT SB 299 Domestic Partnership Benefits Bill Passed - House (61 - 9)
March 4, 2008 UT SB 297 Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty Bill Passed - House (62 - 6)
March 3, 2008 UT AM 1 Mandating the Concealment of Firearms on Campus Amendment Adopted - House (41 - 29)
March 3, 2008 UT HB 473 Campus Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
March 3, 2008 UT SB 299 Domestic Partnership Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
Feb. 27, 2008 UT SB 297 Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
Feb. 6, 2008 UT SB 75 Prohibiting Gang Activity Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
Feb. 6, 2008 UT SB 75 Prohibiting Gang Activity Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
Feb. 4, 2008 UT HR 1 North American Union Withdrawal Resolution Passed - House (57 - 15)
Feb. 28, 2007 UT 2SSB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
Feb. 28, 2007 UT 2SSB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (52 - 13)
Feb. 23, 2007 UT SB 78 Firearm Regulations for Private Property Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
Feb. 20, 2007 UT SB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
Feb. 12, 2007 UT 2SHB 235 Abortion Law Revisions Bill Passed - House (62 - 12)
March 1, 2006 UT 2SSB 19 Additions to Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (39 - 34)
March 1, 2006 UT HB 328 Eliminating The Age Requirement For Hunting Small Game Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
March 1, 2006 UT HB 328 Eliminating The Age Requirement For Hunting Small Game Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
Feb. 23, 2006 UT 1SSB 97 Student Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
Feb. 20, 2006 UT HB 329 Big Game Hunting Age Bill Passed - House (41 - 26)
Feb. 13, 2006 UT 1SHB 10 Dating Violence Protective Orders Bill Bill Failed - House (36 - 39)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/04 HB 406 Authorizes Law Enforcement to Distribute Jail Photos as Unprotected Records Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
2/03 HB 18 Specifies Definition for Unlawful Distribution of Counterfeit Intimate Images Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 0)
2/02 HB 161 Establishes a Working Group on Overdose Harm Reduction Bill Failed - House (26 - 43)
2/19 HB 258 Establishes High School Gun Safety Courses Bill Passed - House (47 - 21)
2/17 SB 102 Authorizes Lawful Permanent Residents to Apply to Become Peace Officers or Dispatchers Bill Passed - House (65 - 4)
2/16 HB 248 Appropriates $1 Million to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources. Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
2/02 HB 102 Requires Giving Prisoner Access to Contraception Medication Bill Passed - House (53 - 19)
1/26 HB 60 Authorizes Concealed Carry in Public Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (54 - 19)
6/18 HB 5007 Prohibits Using Knee-Holds and Teaching Chokeholds in Police Academies Bill Passed - House (69 - 5)
4/23 SB 3007 Establishes Immunity from COVID-19 Injury Litigation to Businesses after Reopening Bill Passed - House (54 - 21)
4/23 SB 3007 Establishes Immunity from COVID-19 Injury Litigation to Businesses after Reopening Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
4/17 SB 3002 Establishes Legal Immunity to Doctors who Prescribe Experimental Medications to COVID-19 Patients Bill Passed - House (65 - 7)
4/17 SB 3002 Establishes Legal Immunity to Doctors who Prescribe Experimental Medications to COVID-19 Patients Bill Passed - House (65 - 7)
4/17 SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - House (59 - 15)
4/16 SB 3004 Establishes Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission and Requires COVID-19 Response Plan Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
3/12 HB 494 Appropriates Funds In Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 0)
3/03 HB 116 Establishes a Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 0)
2/28 HB 206 Amends Bail and Pretrial Requirements Bill Passed - House (54 - 15)
2/26 SB 102 Reduces Criminal Penalties for Polygamy Bill Passed - House (70 - 3)
3/12 SB 103 Expands Penalty Enhancements for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (64 - 9)
3/12 SB 103 Expands Penalty Enhancements for Hate Crimes Bill Passed - House (64 - 9)
3/12 HB 57 Requires Search Warrants for Electronic Information Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 0)
3/12 HB 57 Requires Search Warrants for Electronic Information Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 0)
3/07 HB 114 Expands "Stand Your Ground" Laws Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 8)
3/06 SB 43 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Fornication Outside of Marriage Bill Passed - House (41 - 32)
2/22 HB 40 Repeals the Misdemeanor Crime of Sodomy and Adultery Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 2)
3/09 HB 99 Amends Bigamy Laws Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 14)
3/02 HB 259 Authorizes the Discharge of Firearm for Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
3/02 HB 259 Authorizes the Discharge of Firearm for Self-Defense Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
2/23 HB 99 Amends Bigamy Laws Bill Passed - House (48 - 25)
2/21 HB 198 Authorizes Individuals Aged 18 to 20 to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (63 - 12)
2/17 HB 200 Requires Timely Testing of Rape Kits Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
3/02 SB 107 Amends Definition of a Hate Crime Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 17)
3/02 SB 189 Repeals Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 12)
2/12 HB 136 Classifies Certain Cases of Human Trafficking as Capital Offense Bill Passed - House (44 - 28)
3/12 HB 454 Authorizes Construction of New State Prison Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 14)
3/12 HB 454 Authorizes Construction of New State Prison Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
3/10 HB 11 Authorizes Execution by Firing Squad Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
3/09 SB 256 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
2/13 HB 11 Authorizes Execution by Firing Squad Bill Passed - House (39 - 34)
3/13 SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - House (41 - 28)
3/10 SB 253 Prohibits Texting While Driving on a Highway Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 8)
3/05 HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 28)
3/05 HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (41 - 28)
3/04 HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 13)
3/04 HB 20 Expands Protections for Police Officers in Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 13)
3/13 HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
3/01 HB 76 Authorizes Concealed Carry of a Firearm Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
2/28 HB 268 Redefines Disorderly Conduct Regarding Firearms Bill Passed - House (54 - 12)
2/26 HB 121 Authorizes Individuals to Voluntarily Commit Guns to Law Enforcement Agencies Bill Passed - House (44 - 28)
2/15 HB 50 Expands Protective Orders to Dating Relationships Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
3/01 HB 155 Requires Drug Testing of Certain Welfare Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
2/28 HB 316 Extends Waiting Period for Divorce Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
2/21 HB 49 Authorizing the Concealed or Open Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (50 - 21)
2/07 SB 128 Prohibits Minors from Using Cell Phones while Driving Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 9)
2/03 HB 253 Removal of Voters from Voter Registration List Bill Passed - House (46 - 27)
3/03 SB 124 Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - House (47 - 26)
2/22 SB 96 Alimony Amendments Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 17)
2/16 HB 75 Guns On School Premises Bill Passed - House (58 - 15)
2/15 HB 219 Official State Gun Designation Concurrence Vote Passed - House (47 - 24)
2/10 HB 219 Official State Gun Designation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
2/10 SB 124 Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 10)
2/03 HB 223 Innkeeper's Rights Act Modification Bill Failed - House (22 - 48)
2/18 HB 12 Abortion and Homicide Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
2/10 SB 11 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
2/03 SB 11 Federal Arms Regulation Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
1/29 HB 12 Abortion and Homicide Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (59 - 12)
3/12 HB 290 Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29)
3/12 SJR 14 Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals Joint Resolution Failed - House (38 - 35)
3/06 HB 100 Prison Education and Medical Financing Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
3/02 SJR 14 Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
2/18 HB 122 Restricting Access to Government Litigation Records Bill Passed - House (43 - 27)
2/05 SB 16 Prohibiting "Gang Loitering" Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
2/05 SB 16 Prohibiting "Gang Loitering" Bill Passed - House (56 - 17)
3/05 SB 299 Domestic Partnership Benefits Bill Passed - House (61 - 9)
3/04 SB 297 Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty Bill Passed - House (62 - 6)
3/03 AM 1 Mandating the Concealment of Firearms on Campus Amendment Adopted - House (41 - 29)
3/03 HB 473 Campus Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
3/03 SB 299 Domestic Partnership Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 7)
2/27 SB 297 Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 6)
2/06 SB 75 Prohibiting Gang Activity Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
2/06 SB 75 Prohibiting Gang Activity Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 10)
2/04 HR 1 North American Union Withdrawal Resolution Passed - House (57 - 15)
2/28 2SSB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 4)
2/28 2SSB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (52 - 13)
2/23 SB 78 Firearm Regulations for Private Property Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
2/20 SB 251 Concealed Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
2/12 2SHB 235 Abortion Law Revisions Bill Passed - House (62 - 12)
3/01 2SSB 19 Additions to Smoking Ban Conference Report Adopted - House (39 - 34)
3/01 HB 328 Eliminating The Age Requirement For Hunting Small Game Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
3/01 HB 328 Eliminating The Age Requirement For Hunting Small Game Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
2/23 1SSB 97 Student Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
2/20 HB 329 Big Game Hunting Age Bill Passed - House (41 - 26)
2/13 1SHB 10 Dating Violence Protective Orders Bill Bill Failed - House (36 - 39)

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