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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
May 18, 2021 VT S 101 Expands Affordable Housing Access within Vermont Bill Passed - House (93 - 56)
April 15, 2021 VT S 53 Prohibits Taxing Feminine Hygiene Products Bill Passed - House (98 - 38)
April 15, 2021 VT H 175 Expands the state's "Bottle Law" Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
March 31, 2021 VT JRH 2 Extends an Apology to Individual Vermonters and Their Families Harmed as a Result of State Sanctioned Eugenic Policies and Practices Joint Resolution Passed - House (146 - 0)
March 26, 2021 VT S 79 Establishes a Vermont Rental Property Registry Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
March 25, 2021 VT H 437 Establishes a Property Tax Surcharge on Property Valued Over $1 Million Bill Passed - House (95 - 51)
March 24, 2021 VT H 315 Appropriates $100 Million for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Assistance Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
March 19, 2021 VT S 30 Establishes A Ban On Firearms In Hospitals Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
March 18, 2021 VT S 15 Extends the Policy of Mailing "Live" Ballots to All Active Voters Permanently Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 12, 2021 VT H 133 Establishes that a Judge Issuing an Emergency Protection Order has the Authority to Require the Firearm Bill Passed - House (102 - 44)
March 11, 2021 VT H 128 Prohibits the "Gay Panic" Murder Defense Bill Passed - House (144 - 1)
Feb. 17, 2021 VT HB 0081 Specifies Changes to the Public School Employee Health Benefit Process Bill Passed - House (102 - 46)
Feb. 5, 2021 VT HR 7 Rescinds the Governor's Executive Order on State-Level Public Safety and Law Enforcement Divisions Bill Passed - House (108 - 40)

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