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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)
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 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)
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)
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 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)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/08 AB 966 Establishes Milwaukee Public Schools Redistricting and Implementation Commission Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
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 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)
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)
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)
7/07 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)

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