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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
Feb. 24, 2021 VA SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
Feb. 23, 2021 VA SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Feb. 15, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA SB 1339 Requires an Individual Petition a Court for Permission to have Their Criminal Records Sealed Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Feb. 5, 2021 VA HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
Feb. 4, 2021 VA HB 2004 Requires Releasing Records From Closed Criminal Investigations Bill Passed - House (56 - 44)
Feb. 3, 2021 VA SB 1165 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Feb. 3, 2021 VA HB 2113 Authorizes Criminal Records Expungement Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
Feb. 1, 2021 VA SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Jan. 29, 2021 VA SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Jan. 27, 2021 VA HB 2128 Increases the Amount of Time for the State Department to Complete Firearm Background Checks Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
Jan. 27, 2021 VA HB 2276 Classifies the Manufacture, Import, Sale, Transfer, and Possession of Certain Firearms as a Class 5 Felony Bill Passed - House (52 - 48)
Jan. 27, 2021 VA HB 1909 Establishes Gun-Free Zones on School Board Property Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
Jan. 22, 2021 VA SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Ban in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/24 SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
2/23 SB 1182 Increases Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Limits Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
2/15 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
2/05 SB 1339 Requires an Individual Petition a Court for Permission to have Their Criminal Records Sealed Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
2/05 SB 1406 Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
2/05 HB 2312 Authorizes the Simple Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (55 - 42)
2/04 HB 2004 Requires Releasing Records From Closed Criminal Investigations Bill Passed - House (56 - 44)
2/03 SB 1165 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
2/03 HB 2113 Authorizes Criminal Records Expungement Bill Passed - House (60 - 39)
2/01 SB 1387 Expands Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
1/29 SB 1413 Increases Broadband by Allowing Deals with the State Corporation Commission Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
1/27 HB 2128 Increases the Amount of Time for the State Department to Complete Firearm Background Checks Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
1/27 HB 2276 Classifies the Manufacture, Import, Sale, Transfer, and Possession of Certain Firearms as a Class 5 Felony Bill Passed - House (52 - 48)
1/27 HB 1909 Establishes Gun-Free Zones on School Board Property Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
1/22 SB 1276 Repeals the Abortion Ban in Virginia Health Insurance Plans Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)

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