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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
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
March 12, 2020 WA HB 2965 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6690 Reduces the Business and Occupation Tax Preference for Aerospace Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
March 10, 2020 WA SB 6617 Expands Access to Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 5323 Establishes Standards for the Use of Plastic Bags at Retail Establishments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
March 9, 2020 WA HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
March 9, 2020 WA HB 1783 Establishes the Washington State Office of Equity Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 39)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
March 7, 2020 WA SB 5323 Establishes Standards for the Use of Plastic Bags at Retail Establishments Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
March 6, 2020 WA HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
March 6, 2020 WA SB 6087 Establishes Cost-Sharing Requirements for Coverage of Insulin Products Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 1783 Establishes the Washington State Office of Equity Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2638 Authorizes Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
March 5, 2020 WA SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2311 Requires State Greenhouse Gas Emissions be Reduced to Zero by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2467 Establishes a Background Check System for Firearms Transfers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
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 HB 2602 Prohibits Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
March 3, 2020 WA SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 19, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 18, 2020 WA SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 18, 2020 WA SB 6087 Establishes Cost-Sharing Requirements for Coverage of Insulin Products Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Feb. 16, 2020 WA HB 2311 Requires State Greenhouse Gas Emissions be Reduced to Zero by 2050 Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
Feb. 13, 2020 WA HB 2638 Authorizes Sports Betting Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
Feb. 13, 2020 WA HB 2467 Establishes a Background Check System for Firearms Transfers Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
Feb. 13, 2020 WA HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
Feb. 12, 2020 WA HB 2602 Prohibits Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination Bill Passed - House (87 - 10)
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. 31, 2020 WA SB 5339 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 18)
Jan. 30, 2020 WA HB 1793 Establishes Additional Uses for Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Jan. 30, 2020 WA SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Jan. 29, 2020 WA HB 1110 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
Jan. 24, 2020 WA SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
Jan. 23, 2020 WA HB 1010 Requires the Disposition of Forfeited Firearms Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
Jan. 17, 2020 WA SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
3/12 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
3/12 HB 2965 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
3/11 SB 6690 Reduces the Business and Occupation Tax Preference for Aerospace Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (73 - 24)
3/10 SB 6617 Expands Access to Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 8)
3/09 SB 5323 Establishes Standards for the Use of Plastic Bags at Retail Establishments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
3/09 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 44)
3/09 HB 1783 Establishes the Washington State Office of Equity Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 39)
3/09 SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 11)
3/09 SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
3/07 SB 5323 Establishes Standards for the Use of Plastic Bags at Retail Establishments Bill Passed - House (67 - 29)
3/06 HB 1590 Authorizes Local Affordable Housing Tax to be Imposed by a Councilmanic Authority Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
3/06 SB 6087 Establishes Cost-Sharing Requirements for Coverage of Insulin Products Bill Passed - House (63 - 33)
3/05 HB 1783 Establishes the Washington State Office of Equity Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/05 HB 2638 Authorizes Sports Betting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
3/05 SB 6561 Establishes a Student Loan Program for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (82 - 15)
3/05 HB 2311 Requires State Greenhouse Gas Emissions be Reduced to Zero by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/05 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
3/05 HB 2467 Establishes a Background Check System for Firearms Transfers Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 20)
3/04 SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/04 HB 2602 Prohibits Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 9)
3/03 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
3/03 SB 5434 Establishes Restrictions for Firearms in Daycare and Child Care Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
3/03 SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
3/03 SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/19 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/18 SB 6261 Expands Farm Labor Contractor System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
2/18 SB 6087 Establishes Cost-Sharing Requirements for Coverage of Insulin Products Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
2/16 HB 2311 Requires State Greenhouse Gas Emissions be Reduced to Zero by 2050 Bill Passed - House (55 - 41)
2/13 HB 2638 Authorizes Sports Betting Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
2/13 HB 2467 Establishes a Background Check System for Firearms Transfers Bill Passed - House (66 - 32)
2/13 HB 2614 Amends the Paid Family Medical Leave Program for Union Employees Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
2/12 HB 2602 Prohibits Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination Bill Passed - House (87 - 10)
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)
1/31 SB 5339 Repeals the Death Penalty Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 18)
1/30 HB 1793 Establishes Additional Uses for Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
1/30 SB 6492 Amends the Business and Occupation Tax for Workforce Education Investment Funding Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
1/29 HB 1110 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation Fuels Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
1/24 SB 6037 Requires Public Companies to have a Gender-Diverse Board of Directors Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
1/23 HB 1010 Requires the Disposition of Forfeited Firearms Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
1/17 SB 5165 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)

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