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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
March 8, 2022 WI AB 966 Establishes Milwaukee Public Schools Redistricting and Implementation Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 8, 2022 WI AB 966 Establishes Milwaukee Public Schools Redistricting and Implementation Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 8, 2022 WI AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 8, 2022 WI AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
March 8, 2022 WI AB 995 Amends School Mask Mandates and In-Person Learning Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Feb. 22, 2022 WI AB 884 Classifies Courses on U.S. Constitution as Diversity, Ethnic Studies Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
Feb. 22, 2022 WI AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Feb. 22, 2022 WI AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Feb. 22, 2022 WI AB 884 Classifies Courses on U.S. Constitution as Diversity, Ethnic Studies Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Feb. 22, 2022 WI AB 995 Amends School Mask Mandates and In-Person Learning Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 32)
Feb. 15, 2022 WI AB 495 Authorizes Licensed Carriage of Firearms on School Grounds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Jan. 25, 2022 WI AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
Jan. 25, 2022 WI AB 831 Establishes "Pro-Cop" Advertising Campaign Bill Passed - House (59 - 33)
Oct. 26, 2021 WI SB 454 Amends State Reading Readiness Assessments Bill Passed - House (62 - 32)
Oct. 26, 2021 WI SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
Oct. 25, 2021 WI SB 454 Amends State Reading Readiness Assessments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Oct. 25, 2021 WI SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI SB 463 Requires School Boards to make Information about Learning Materials used for Pupil Instruction Public Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 563 Requires Schools Teach Students on the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Compare Democratic Principals to Communism, Socialism, and Totalitarianism Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI SB 463 Requires School Boards to make Information about Learning Materials used for Pupil Instruction Public Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
Sept. 28, 2021 WI AB 435 Requires Public Schools Teach Cursive Handwriting Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 59 Expands the State Taxpayer Funded Private School Voucher Program to Families with Higher Incomes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
May 11, 2021 WI AB 59 Expands the State Taxpayer Funded Private School Voucher Program to Families with Higher Incomes Bill Passed - House (60 - 36)
April 14, 2021 WI AB 241 Requires Governor to Allocate Federal Money to State Public Debt and Transportation Revenue Bonds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
April 13, 2021 WI AB 241 Requires Governor to Allocate Federal Money to State Public Debt and Transportation Revenue Bonds Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - House (58 - 35)
March 16, 2021 WI SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
June 18, 2019 WI AB 110 Requires State Published Dyslexia Guidebooks in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
May 15, 2019 WI AB 76 Reduces Number of Hours Required for Nurse Aide Certification Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
June 21, 2017 WI AB 299 Authorizes Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
Feb. 16, 2016 WI AB 873 Requires Open Meetings and Public Records for Interscholastic Athletics Associations Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
July 8, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
July 8, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
July 7, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
July 7, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
June 9, 2015 WI SB 70 Authorizes Certain Officers to Carry Firearms in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
Nov. 5, 2013 WI AB 297 Amends Laws Concerning the Use of Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots, and Team Names Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
Oct. 15, 2013 WI AB 297 Amends Laws Concerning the Use of Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots, and Team Names Bill Passed - House (52 - 41)
March 13, 2012 WI SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
Feb. 21, 2012 WI SB 386 Removes Voter Registration at High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
Nov. 2, 2011 WI SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
Nov. 1, 2011 WI SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Bill Passed - House (63 - 32)
Oct. 25, 2011 WI SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Oct. 20, 2011 WI SB 95 Evaluating Teacher Performance Using Standardized Test Scores Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
April 22, 2010 WI SB 437 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
April 15, 2010 WI SB 437 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2010 WI AB 35 Complaint Process for Race-Based Names, Logos and Mascots of Schools Bill Passed - House (51 - 42)
Jan. 28, 2010 WI AB 458 Sex Education Curriculum Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI SB 371 Higher Education Student Data System Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI SB 371 Higher Education Student Data System Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI SB 223 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Geographic Composition Requirements Bill Passed - House (59 - 34)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI SB 372 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - House (47 - 46)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI AB 458 Sex Education Curriculum Requirements Bill Passed - House (48 - 43)
Nov. 5, 2009 WI SB 372 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
Sept. 22, 2009 WI AB 119 Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
Sept. 16, 2009 WI AB 119 Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
May 28, 2008 WI AB 1 Senior Health Care Line Item Veto Override Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 36)
May 28, 2008 WI AB 1 Senior Health Care Line Item Veto Override Veto Override Failed - House (57 - 39)
May 14, 2008 WI AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 46)
May 13, 2008 WI AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
March 25, 2008 WI AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
March 12, 2008 WI AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
March 11, 2008 WI AB 482 Prohibiting Teacher Residency Requirements Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
March 5, 2008 WI AB 151 Financial Aid Ineligibility for Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (70 - 24)
March 5, 2008 WI AB 67 Business Education Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (55 - 40)
Feb. 28, 2008 WI AB 870 Virtual Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
Feb. 19, 2008 WI S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (16 - 17)
Feb. 19, 2008 WI S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
Feb. 19, 2008 WI SB 396 Virtual Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
Nov. 8, 2007 WI SB 299 School Tax Credit Formula Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
Sept. 18, 2007 WI AB 506 2007-2009 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (70 - 27)
July 10, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
June 26, 2007 WI SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
May 16, 2007 WI AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
March 7, 2006 WI SB 618 School Voucher Program Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
March 3, 2006 WI SB 618 School Voucher Program Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/08 AB 966 Establishes Milwaukee Public Schools Redistricting and Implementation Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/08 AB 966 Establishes Milwaukee Public Schools Redistricting and Implementation Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/08 AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/08 AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
3/08 AB 995 Amends School Mask Mandates and In-Person Learning Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
2/22 AB 884 Classifies Courses on U.S. Constitution as Diversity, Ethnic Studies Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
2/22 AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
2/22 AB 963 Specifies Rights of Parents Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
2/22 AB 884 Classifies Courses on U.S. Constitution as Diversity, Ethnic Studies Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
2/22 AB 995 Amends School Mask Mandates and In-Person Learning Requirements Bill Passed - House (60 - 32)
2/15 AB 495 Authorizes Licensed Carriage of Firearms on School Grounds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
1/25 AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
1/25 AB 831 Establishes "Pro-Cop" Advertising Campaign Bill Passed - House (59 - 33)
10/26 SB 454 Amends State Reading Readiness Assessments Bill Passed - House (62 - 32)
10/26 SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
10/25 SB 454 Amends State Reading Readiness Assessments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
10/25 SB 125 Extends Tax Benefits to Provide Tuition Tax Breaks for Apprentices in Trade Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
9/28 SB 463 Requires School Boards to make Information about Learning Materials used for Pupil Instruction Public Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
9/28 AB 411 Amends Current Anti-racism and Anti-Sexism Instructions and Training for Employees of School Districts Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)
9/28 AB 563 Requires Schools Teach Students on the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Compare Democratic Principals to Communism, Socialism, and Totalitarianism Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
9/28 SB 463 Requires School Boards to make Information about Learning Materials used for Pupil Instruction Public Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
9/28 AB 435 Requires Public Schools Teach Cursive Handwriting Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
6/09 AB 59 Expands the State Taxpayer Funded Private School Voucher Program to Families with Higher Incomes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
5/11 AB 59 Expands the State Taxpayer Funded Private School Voucher Program to Families with Higher Incomes Bill Passed - House (60 - 36)
4/14 AB 241 Requires Governor to Allocate Federal Money to State Public Debt and Transportation Revenue Bonds Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
4/13 AB 241 Requires Governor to Allocate Federal Money to State Public Debt and Transportation Revenue Bonds Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
3/23 SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - House (58 - 35)
3/16 SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
6/18 AB 110 Requires State Published Dyslexia Guidebooks in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
5/15 AB 76 Reduces Number of Hours Required for Nurse Aide Certification Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
6/21 AB 299 Authorizes Free Speech on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
2/16 AB 873 Requires Open Meetings and Public Records for Interscholastic Athletics Associations Bill Passed - House (61 - 34)
7/08 SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
7/08 SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
7/07 SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
7/07 SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
6/09 SB 70 Authorizes Certain Officers to Carry Firearms in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
11/05 AB 297 Amends Laws Concerning the Use of Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots, and Team Names Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
10/15 AB 297 Amends Laws Concerning the Use of Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots, and Team Names Bill Passed - House (52 - 41)
3/13 SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - House (60 - 34)
2/21 SB 386 Removes Voter Registration at High Schools Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
11/02 SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
11/01 SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Bill Passed - House (63 - 32)
10/25 SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
10/20 SB 95 Evaluating Teacher Performance Using Standardized Test Scores Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 16)
4/22 SB 437 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
4/15 SB 437 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
2/25 AB 35 Complaint Process for Race-Based Names, Logos and Mascots of Schools Bill Passed - House (51 - 42)
1/28 AB 458 Sex Education Curriculum Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
11/05 SB 371 Higher Education Student Data System Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 7)
11/05 SB 371 Higher Education Student Data System Bill Passed - House (73 - 20)
11/05 SB 223 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Geographic Composition Requirements Bill Passed - House (59 - 34)
11/05 SB 372 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - House (47 - 46)
11/05 AB 458 Sex Education Curriculum Requirements Bill Passed - House (48 - 43)
11/05 SB 372 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
9/22 AB 119 Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 15)
9/16 AB 119 Requiring Kindergarten for First Grade Enrollment Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
5/28 AB 1 Senior Health Care Line Item Veto Override Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 36)
5/28 AB 1 Senior Health Care Line Item Veto Override Veto Override Failed - House (57 - 39)
5/14 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 46)
5/13 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Conference Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
3/25 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 14)
3/12 AB 1 Budget Repair Plan Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
3/11 AB 482 Prohibiting Teacher Residency Requirements Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
3/05 AB 151 Financial Aid Ineligibility for Drug Offenders Bill Passed - House (70 - 24)
3/05 AB 67 Business Education Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (55 - 40)
2/28 AB 870 Virtual Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (53 - 44)
2/19 S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (16 - 17)
2/19 S Amnd. 1 Virtual Charter School Enrollment Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (17 - 16)
2/19 SB 396 Virtual Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
11/08 SB 299 School Tax Credit Formula Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
9/18 AB 506 2007-2009 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (70 - 27)
7/10 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
6/26 SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
5/16 AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
3/07 SB 618 School Voucher Program Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
3/03 SB 618 School Voucher Program Expansion Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)

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