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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
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  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

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 3, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
Jan. 17, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
April 25, 2019 WA SB 5258 Requires Sexual Assault and Harassment Training for Certain Isolated Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 25)
Feb. 26, 2019 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
March 7, 2018 WA HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
March 6, 2018 WA HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 12)
March 1, 2018 WA HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
March 1, 2018 WA SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - House (50 - 0)
Feb. 27, 2018 WA SB 5996 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Sexual Assault Nondisclosure Agreements Bill Passed - House (98 - 0)
Feb. 10, 2018 WA SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Jan. 17, 2018 WA HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
March 23, 2017 WA SB 5048 Establishes 2017-2019 Fiscal Biennium Operating Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
April 12, 2010 WA SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
April 12, 2010 WA SB 6143 Tax Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 21)
April 12, 2010 WA SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
April 12, 2010 WA HB 2836 2009-2011 Supplemental Biennium Capital Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 36)
April 12, 2010 WA HB 2493 Cigarette Tax Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 43)
April 12, 2010 WA HB 2836 2009-2011 Supplemental Biennium Capital Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
April 12, 2010 WA HB 2493 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
April 10, 2010 WA SB 6143 Tax Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 44)
April 2, 2010 WA SB 6503 State Employee Furlough Plan Bill Passed - House (50 - 38)
March 22, 2010 WA HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
March 22, 2010 WA HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 16)
March 10, 2010 WA SB 6364 2009 - 2011 Biennium Capital Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 27, 2010 WA SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
Feb. 22, 2010 WA SB 6130 Initiative 960 (Tax Increase Restrictions) Suspension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Feb. 17, 2010 WA SB 6130 Initiative 960 (Tax Increase Restrictions) Suspension Bill Passed - House (51 - 47)
Feb. 9, 2010 WA SB 6382 Extending State Employee Salary Freeze Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
Feb. 9, 2010 WA SB 6843 Suspension of Tax Increase Vote Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
April 25, 2009 WA HB 1614 Oil Importation Fee for Storm Water Pollution Cleanup Bill Passed - House (51 - 45)
April 25, 2009 WA HB 1244 2009-2011 Biennium Budget and 2007-2009 Supplemental Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
April 24, 2009 WA SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
April 24, 2009 WA HB 1244 2009-2011 Biennium Budget and 2007-2009 Supplemental Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
April 22, 2009 WA SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
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 SB 2252 Shifting Local Tax Revenue Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
March 12, 2009 WA HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
March 13, 2008 WA HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
March 13, 2008 WA HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
March 11, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
March 6, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
Feb. 25, 2008 WA HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
Feb. 19, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 18, 2008 WA SB 6305 Use of Federal Sex Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
Feb. 6, 2008 WA SB 6272 Financial Literacy for Homeowners Bill Passed - House (69 - 27)
Jan. 25, 2008 WA HB 1551 Allowing Public Funding for Local Office Campaigns Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA HB 2416 Adjusting the Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA HB 2416 Adjusting the Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - House (86 - 8)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - House (55 - 39)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
March 26, 2007 WA Sub HB 1128 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
March 8, 2006 WA SB 6386 2005-2007 Supplemental Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 43)
March 8, 2006 WA SB 6386 2005-2007 Supplemental Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
Feb. 9, 2006 WA 3rd Sub HB 1484 Taxation for School Funding Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/03 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
1/17 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
4/25 SB 5258 Requires Sexual Assault and Harassment Training for Certain Isolated Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 25)
2/26 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
3/07 HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 28)
3/06 HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 12)
3/01 HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
3/01 SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - House (50 - 0)
2/27 SB 5996 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Sexual Assault Nondisclosure Agreements Bill Passed - House (98 - 0)
2/10 SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
1/17 HB 1506 Prohibits Employers from Retaliating Against Employees for Discussing Wages Bill Passed - House (69 - 28)
3/23 SB 5048 Establishes 2017-2019 Fiscal Biennium Operating Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
4/12 SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
4/12 SB 6143 Tax Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 21)
4/12 SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
4/12 HB 2836 2009-2011 Supplemental Biennium Capital Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 36)
4/12 HB 2493 Cigarette Tax Increase Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 43)
4/12 HB 2836 2009-2011 Supplemental Biennium Capital Budget Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
4/12 HB 2493 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 17)
4/10 SB 6143 Tax Law Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (52 - 44)
4/02 SB 6503 State Employee Furlough Plan Bill Passed - House (50 - 38)
3/22 HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
3/22 HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 16)
3/10 SB 6364 2009 - 2011 Biennium Capital Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
2/27 SB 6444 2009-2011 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 19)
2/22 SB 6130 Initiative 960 (Tax Increase Restrictions) Suspension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
2/17 SB 6130 Initiative 960 (Tax Increase Restrictions) Suspension Bill Passed - House (51 - 47)
2/09 SB 6382 Extending State Employee Salary Freeze Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
2/09 SB 6843 Suspension of Tax Increase Vote Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
4/25 HB 1614 Oil Importation Fee for Storm Water Pollution Cleanup Bill Passed - House (51 - 45)
4/25 HB 1244 2009-2011 Biennium Budget and 2007-2009 Supplemental Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
4/24 SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
4/24 HB 1244 2009-2011 Biennium Budget and 2007-2009 Supplemental Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
4/22 SB 5768 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
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 SB 2252 Shifting Local Tax Revenue Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
3/12 HB 2261 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (71 - 26)
3/13 HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Conference Report Adopted - Senate (31 - 18)
3/13 HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 32)
3/11 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
3/06 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
2/25 HB 2687 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
2/19 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
2/18 SB 6305 Use of Federal Sex Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
2/06 SB 6272 Financial Literacy for Homeowners Bill Passed - House (69 - 27)
1/25 HB 1551 Allowing Public Funding for Local Office Campaigns Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
11/29 HB 2416 Adjusting the Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
11/29 HB 2416 Adjusting the Property Tax Cap Bill Passed - House (86 - 8)
11/29 Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - House (55 - 39)
11/29 Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
3/26 Sub HB 1128 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
3/08 SB 6386 2005-2007 Supplemental Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 43)
3/08 SB 6386 2005-2007 Supplemental Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 19)
2/09 3rd Sub HB 1484 Taxation for School Funding Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)

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