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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:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Feb. 15, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
Feb. 1, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Jan. 27, 2021 VA HB 1909 Establishes Gun-Free Zones on School Board Property Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
March 3, 2020 VA HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
Feb. 24, 2020 VA SB 935 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (56 - 44)
Feb. 20, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
Feb. 20, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
Feb. 11, 2020 VA SB 935 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
Feb. 7, 2020 VA HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
Jan. 27, 2020 VA HB 10 Establishes Rules for Student Loan Lenders Bill Passed - House (84 - 15)
Jan. 21, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Jan. 21, 2020 VA SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Feb. 5, 2019 VA HB 2384 Prohibits Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products at Public Schools Bill Passed - House (83 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2019 VA SB 1502 Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Jan. 24, 2017 VA HB 1578 Authorizes Home-schooled Students to Participate in Public School Sports Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 36)
March 11, 2016 VA HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
March 7, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
March 1, 2016 VA HB 516 Requires Parental Review of Explicit School Books Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA HB 1234 Authorizes School Security Officers to Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
Feb. 15, 2016 VA SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
Feb. 9, 2016 VA HB 518 Authorizes Students to Transfer from Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
Feb. 17, 2015 VA HB 1626 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Jan. 20, 2015 VA SB 722 Prohibits In-State Tuition for Students with Certain Temporary Visas Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Feb. 26, 2014 VA SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Feb. 6, 2014 VA HB 11 Requires New Textbooks to Refer to The East Sea Bill Passed - House (81 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2014 VA SB 324 Extends Deadline for Implementation of a School Performance Grading System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
Jan. 30, 2014 VA HB 63 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
Jan. 21, 2014 VA SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Feb. 20, 2013 VA SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Feb. 11, 2013 VA HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Feb. 5, 2013 VA SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Feb. 4, 2013 VA HB 1999 Requires the Development of a School Grading System Bill Passed - House (54 - 40)
Jan. 31, 2013 VA HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
Jan. 31, 2013 VA HB 1442 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students To Participate In Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
Feb. 17, 2012 VA SB 131 Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
Feb. 14, 2012 VA SB 438 Amends Teacher Contracts Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20)
Feb. 13, 2012 VA HB 576 Amends Teacher Contract and Evaluation Policies Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)
Feb. 8, 2012 VA HB 947 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
Jan. 27, 2012 VA HB 1112 Repeals HPV Vaccine Requirement Bill Passed - House (62 - 34)
Feb. 8, 2011 VA HB 1465 Excludes Undocumented Immigrants from Public Universities Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
Feb. 8, 2011 VA HB 2314 Education Improvement Scholarships Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
Feb. 3, 2011 VA SB 831 Amending the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
Feb. 1, 2011 VA HJ 593 Free Exercise of Religion Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 33)
April 21, 2010 VA Amdt 18 Reducing Funding for Public Media Amendment Rejected - House (43 - 52)
March 11, 2010 VA SB 737 Requiring Department of Education Review of Charter School Applications Bill Passed - House (62 - 34)
March 9, 2010 VA SB 737 Requiring Department of Education Review of Charter School Applications Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
Feb. 24, 2009 VA HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
Feb. 5, 2009 VA HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
March 13, 2008 VA HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 14)
Feb. 27, 2008 VA HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Feb. 21, 2008 VA HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)
Feb. 16, 2007 VA Sub SB 1204 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (81 - 16)
Feb. 5, 2007 VA Sub HB 2035 HPV Vaccination Bill Passed - House (80 - 17)
Feb. 1, 2007 VA Sub HB 2623 Denying In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
Jan. 30, 2007 VA Sub HB 1727 Participation in School Clubs Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
Jan. 23, 2007 VA SB 1204 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 8)
April 19, 2006 VA HB 493 High School Baccalaureate Ceremonies Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 36)
April 11, 2006 VA Amdt Item 135-4h Direct Aid To Public Education Amendment Adopted - House (59 - 34)
Feb. 20, 2006 VA HB 968 Membership of the Board of Correctional Education Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 20)
Feb. 14, 2006 VA Sub SB 677 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
Feb. 2, 2006 VA Sub HB 262 College Admission for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
Feb. 2, 2006 VA HB 1050 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (76 - 23)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/15 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
2/01 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
1/27 HB 1909 Establishes Gun-Free Zones on School Board Property Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
3/03 HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
2/24 SB 935 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (56 - 44)
2/20 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
2/20 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies (58 - 40)
2/11 SB 935 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
2/07 HB 837 Establishes the "Dress Code Equity Act" Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
1/27 HB 10 Establishes Rules for Student Loan Lenders Bill Passed - House (84 - 15)
1/21 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
1/21 SB 161 Requires Schools to Create Policies Transgender-Friendly Student Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
2/05 HB 2384 Prohibits Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products at Public Schools Bill Passed - House (83 - 15)
2/04 SB 1502 Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
1/24 HB 1578 Authorizes Home-schooled Students to Participate in Public School Sports Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
3/11 HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 36)
3/11 HB 8 Establishes Virtual Public School Conference Report Adopted - Senate (23 - 17)
3/07 HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 19)
3/01 HB 516 Requires Parental Review of Explicit School Books Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
2/16 HB 389 Establishes School Choice Program for Children with Disabilities Bill Passed - House (53 - 46)
2/15 HB 1234 Authorizes School Security Officers to Carry Firearms Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
2/15 SJ 6 Authorizes the Board of Education to Establish Charter Schools Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 21)
2/09 HB 518 Authorizes Students to Transfer from Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
2/17 HB 1626 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
1/20 SB 722 Prohibits In-State Tuition for Students with Certain Temporary Visas Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
2/26 SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
2/06 HB 11 Requires New Textbooks to Refer to The East Sea Bill Passed - House (81 - 15)
2/04 SB 324 Extends Deadline for Implementation of a School Performance Grading System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 17)
1/30 HB 63 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
1/21 SB 236 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
2/20 SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
2/11 HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
2/05 SB 1324 Establishes Education Institution and Board Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
2/04 HB 1999 Requires the Development of a School Grading System Bill Passed - House (54 - 40)
1/31 HB 1617 Authorizes Student Organizations to Limit Membership Bill Passed - House (80 - 19)
1/31 HB 1442 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students To Participate In Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
2/17 SB 131 Establishes Tax Deductions for Corporations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 20)
2/14 SB 438 Amends Teacher Contracts Bill Failed - Senate (18 - 20)
2/13 HB 576 Amends Teacher Contract and Evaluation Policies Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)
2/08 HB 947 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
1/27 HB 1112 Repeals HPV Vaccine Requirement Bill Passed - House (62 - 34)
2/08 HB 1465 Excludes Undocumented Immigrants from Public Universities Bill Passed - House (75 - 24)
2/08 HB 2314 Education Improvement Scholarships Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
2/03 SB 831 Amending the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 16)
2/01 HJ 593 Free Exercise of Religion Amendment Adopted - House (61 - 33)
4/21 Amdt 18 Reducing Funding for Public Media Amendment Rejected - House (43 - 52)
3/11 SB 737 Requiring Department of Education Review of Charter School Applications Bill Passed - House (62 - 34)
3/09 SB 737 Requiring Department of Education Review of Charter School Applications Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
2/24 HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
2/05 HB 1826 Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences Bill Passed - House (68 - 28)
3/13 HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 14)
2/27 HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
2/21 HB 30 2008-2010 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)
2/16 Sub SB 1204 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (81 - 16)
2/05 Sub HB 2035 HPV Vaccination Bill Passed - House (80 - 17)
2/01 Sub HB 2623 Denying In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
1/30 Sub HB 1727 Participation in School Clubs Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
1/23 SB 1204 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 8)
4/19 HB 493 High School Baccalaureate Ceremonies Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 36)
4/11 Amdt Item 135-4h Direct Aid To Public Education Amendment Adopted - House (59 - 34)
2/20 HB 968 Membership of the Board of Correctional Education Bill Failed - Senate (20 - 20)
2/14 Sub SB 677 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 3)
2/02 Sub HB 262 College Admission for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (67 - 33)
2/02 HB 1050 In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (76 - 23)

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