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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
Jan. 27, 2021 WA SB 5044 Requires Anti-Racism and Equity Training in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
March 5, 2020 WA SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
March 4, 2020 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 4, 2020 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 12, 2020 WA SB 6262 Requires Schools to Incorporate Curriculum on Local Indian Tribes Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
Feb. 6, 2020 WA SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
Jan. 30, 2020 WA SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
April 28, 2019 WA HB 2158 Establishes a Business Tax to Finance a Higher Education Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 46)
April 28, 2019 WA HB 2158 Establishes a Business Tax to Finance a Higher Education Fund Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
Feb. 27, 2019 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 27, 2019 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Jan. 19, 2018 WA SB 5766 Requires School Districts to Adopt Transgender Student Policies and Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 22, 2017 WA HB 1843 Amends Public Education Funding Formula Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
March 10, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 9, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
Feb. 18, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
Feb. 16, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 10, 2016 WA SB 6443 Repeals Rule Authorizing Use of Bathrooms Consistent with Gender Identity Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
Jan. 25, 2016 WA HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Jan. 20, 2016 WA SB 6194 Authorizes Commission Oversight for Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
July 9, 2015 WA HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
June 30, 2015 WA HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Failed - Senate (27 - 17)
April 6, 2015 WA SB 6088 Amends Class Size-Related Funding Calculation Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
March 11, 2015 WA SB 5748 Requires the Use of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 18, 2014 WA SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
Jan. 31, 2014 WA SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
April 15, 2013 WA SB 5329 Requires Superintendent to Take Action in Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
March 13, 2013 WA HB 1817 Authorizes Undocumented Students to Apply for State Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
March 13, 2013 WA HB 1817 Authorizes Undocumented Students to Apply for State Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
March 8, 2013 WA HB 1283 Amends School Age Requirements Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
March 6, 2013 WA SB 5328 Establishes a Grading System for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
Feb. 29, 2012 WA SB 5895 Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House (82 - 16)
Feb. 15, 2010 WA SB 6562 Expanding State University Tuition Authority Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
April 25, 2009 WA HB 2344 Allowing Tuition Increases Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
April 22, 2009 WA HB 2344 Allowing Tuition Increases Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
April 20, 2009 WA HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 31)
April 16, 2009 WA HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 12, 2009 WA HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
Feb. 18, 2008 WA SB 6305 Use of Federal Sex Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
April 11, 2007 WA Sub SB 5297 Sexual Health Education Bill Passed - House (63 - 34)
March 7, 2007 WA Sub SB 5297 Sexual Health Education Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Feb. 10, 2006 WA Sub SB 6475 Certificate of Academic Achievement Alternative Methods Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 10)
Feb. 9, 2006 WA 3rd Sub HB 1484 Taxation for School Funding Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
Date No. Title Outcome
1/27 SB 5044 Requires Anti-Racism and Equity Training in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
3/09 SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
3/05 SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
3/04 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/04 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/12 SB 6262 Requires Schools to Incorporate Curriculum on Local Indian Tribes Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
2/06 SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
1/30 SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
4/28 HB 2158 Establishes a Business Tax to Finance a Higher Education Fund Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 46)
4/28 HB 2158 Establishes a Business Tax to Finance a Higher Education Fund Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
2/27 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
2/27 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
1/19 SB 5766 Requires School Districts to Adopt Transgender Student Policies and Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/22 HB 1843 Amends Public Education Funding Formula Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
3/10 SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/09 SB 6194 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
2/18 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
2/16 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
2/10 SB 6443 Repeals Rule Authorizing Use of Bathrooms Consistent with Gender Identity Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 25)
1/25 HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
1/20 SB 6194 Authorizes Commission Oversight for Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
7/09 HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
6/30 HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Failed - Senate (27 - 17)
4/06 SB 6088 Amends Class Size-Related Funding Calculation Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
3/11 SB 5748 Requires the Use of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
2/18 SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
1/31 SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
4/15 SB 5329 Requires Superintendent to Take Action in Certain Schools Bill Passed - House (68 - 29)
3/13 HB 1817 Authorizes Undocumented Students to Apply for State Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
3/13 HB 1817 Authorizes Undocumented Students to Apply for State Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (77 - 20)
3/08 HB 1283 Amends School Age Requirements Bill Passed - House (74 - 23)
3/06 SB 5328 Establishes a Grading System for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
2/29 SB 5895 Authorizes the Use of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House (82 - 16)
2/15 SB 6562 Expanding State University Tuition Authority Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
4/25 HB 2344 Allowing Tuition Increases Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
4/22 HB 2344 Allowing Tuition Increases Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
4/20 HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 31)
4/16 HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/12 HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
2/18 SB 6305 Use of Federal Sex Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
4/11 Sub SB 5297 Sexual Health Education Bill Passed - House (63 - 34)
3/07 Sub SB 5297 Sexual Health Education Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
2/10 Sub SB 6475 Certificate of Academic Achievement Alternative Methods Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 10)
2/09 3rd Sub HB 1484 Taxation for School Funding Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)

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