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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
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)
April 28, 2019 WA HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
April 27, 2019 WA SB 5526 Establishes a Public Option for Health Care Coverage Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 21)
April 27, 2019 WA SB 5526 Establishes a Public Option for Health Care Coverage Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
April 27, 2019 WA SB 5998 Establishes a Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
April 27, 2019 WA SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
April 27, 2019 WA HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 26, 2019 WA HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
April 25, 2019 WA SB 5258 Requires Sexual Assault and Harassment Training for Certain Isolated Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 25)
April 25, 2019 WA SB 5998 Establishes a Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 25, 2019 WA SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 25, 2019 WA HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
April 24, 2019 WA HB 1155 Requires Uninterrupted Breaks for Health Care Workers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 16)
April 24, 2019 WA HB 1155 Requires Uninterrupted Breaks for Health Care Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 24)
April 24, 2019 WA SB 5497 Establishes Washington as a Sanctuary State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
April 24, 2019 WA SB 5600 Expands Residential Tenant Protections Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
April 23, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
April 23, 2019 WA HB 1739 Prohibits All Untraceable 3D Printed "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 40)
April 22, 2019 WA SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 22, 2019 WA HB 1923 Increases Urban Residential Capacity Allowances Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
April 22, 2019 WA HB 1324 Establishes the Washington Rural Development and Opportunity Zone Act Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
April 19, 2019 WA SB 5001 Authorizes Composting of Human Remains Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
April 18, 2019 WA HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
April 18, 2019 WA HB 1575 Amends Labor Law Concerning Public Employee Collective Bargaining Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 38)
April 18, 2019 WA HB 1579 Increases Catch Limits for Bass, Walleye, and Catfish Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 37)
April 17, 2019 WA HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
April 16, 2019 WA HB 1739 Prohibits All Untraceable 3D Printed "Ghost Guns" Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
April 16, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 15, 2019 WA SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
April 12, 2019 WA SB 5600 Expands Residential Tenant Protections Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
April 12, 2019 WA SB 5497 Establishes Washington as a Sanctuary State Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
April 12, 2019 WA HB 1575 Amends Labor Law Concerning Public Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
April 12, 2019 WA HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
April 11, 2019 WA SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
April 10, 2019 WA HB 1579 Increases Catch Limits for Bass, Walleye, and Catfish Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
March 27, 2019 WA HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
March 13, 2019 WA SB 5822 Establishes a Work Group to Study Universal Health Care Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 12, 2019 WA SB 5078 Requires Presidential and VP Candidates Release 5 Years of Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 11, 2019 WA SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
March 5, 2019 WA HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
March 4, 2019 WA SB 5273 Amends Presidential Primary Dates Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
March 1, 2019 WA SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
Feb. 27, 2019 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 26, 2019 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
Feb. 20, 2019 WA HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (66 - 30)
Jan. 30, 2019 WA SB 5273 Amends Presidential Primary Dates Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
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)
4/28 HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
4/27 SB 5526 Establishes a Public Option for Health Care Coverage Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 21)
4/27 SB 5526 Establishes a Public Option for Health Care Coverage Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
4/27 SB 5998 Establishes a Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
4/27 SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
4/27 HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
4/26 HB 2167 Increases Business and Occupation Tax on Large Financial Institutions Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
4/25 SB 5258 Requires Sexual Assault and Harassment Training for Certain Isolated Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (73 - 25)
4/25 SB 5998 Establishes a Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
4/25 SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
4/25 HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
4/24 HB 1155 Requires Uninterrupted Breaks for Health Care Workers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 16)
4/24 HB 1155 Requires Uninterrupted Breaks for Health Care Workers Conference Report Adopted - House (70 - 24)
4/24 SB 5497 Establishes Washington as a Sanctuary State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
4/24 SB 5600 Expands Residential Tenant Protections Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
4/23 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
4/23 HB 1739 Prohibits All Untraceable 3D Printed "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 40)
4/22 SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
4/22 HB 1923 Increases Urban Residential Capacity Allowances Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16)
4/22 HB 1324 Establishes the Washington Rural Development and Opportunity Zone Act Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 9)
4/19 SB 5001 Authorizes Composting of Human Remains Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
4/18 HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
4/18 HB 1575 Amends Labor Law Concerning Public Employee Collective Bargaining Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 38)
4/18 HB 1579 Increases Catch Limits for Bass, Walleye, and Catfish Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 37)
4/17 HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
4/16 HB 1739 Prohibits All Untraceable 3D Printed "Ghost Guns" Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
4/16 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
4/15 SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
4/12 SB 5600 Expands Residential Tenant Protections Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
4/12 SB 5497 Establishes Washington as a Sanctuary State Bill Passed - House (57 - 38)
4/12 HB 1575 Amends Labor Law Concerning Public Employee Collective Bargaining Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 21)
4/12 HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
4/11 SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
4/10 HB 1579 Increases Catch Limits for Bass, Walleye, and Catfish Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
3/27 HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 12)
3/13 SB 5822 Establishes a Work Group to Study Universal Health Care Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/12 SB 5078 Requires Presidential and VP Candidates Release 5 Years of Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/11 SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
3/05 HB 1638 Prohibits Parental Exemptions of the Measles Vaccine Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
3/04 SB 5273 Amends Presidential Primary Dates Bill Passed - House (54 - 42)
3/01 SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
2/27 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
2/26 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
2/20 HB 1074 Increases the Smoking and Vaping Age to 21 Bill Passed - House (66 - 30)
1/30 SB 5273 Amends Presidential Primary Dates Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)

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