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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
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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
April 14, 2021 WI SR 6 Requires the Attorney General Join the State as a Plaintiff in State of West Virginia v US Department of Treasury Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 14, 2021 WI SB 210 Requires Election Administrators Allow Election Observers to be No More Than 3 Feet Away from Voter Registration Tables Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 14, 2021 WI SB 213 Authorizes Individuals to File Election Law Violation Claims Against Election Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 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 23, 2021 WI AB 24 Prohibits Closing Places of Worship Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
March 23, 2021 WI AB 23 Prohibits Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
March 23, 2021 WI AB 25 Prohibits Private Employers from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
March 23, 2021 WI SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
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)
March 16, 2021 WI SB 29 Amends the Process of Terminating Parental Rights to Waive the Court Appearance Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
March 16, 2021 WI SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
March 16, 2021 WI SJR 11 Extends Honors to Rush Limbaugh Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
Feb. 18, 2021 WI SB 1 Authorizes the Modernization of the State's Unemployment System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI AB 2 Amends Various Sections of State Tax Code Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI SB 38 Establishes a Return to Work Plan for State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI SB 8 Prohibits the State from Prioritizing Prisoners in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Feb. 16, 2021 WI SB 55 Authorizes Local Government Units to No Longer Publish Their Meeting Proceedings Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 42)
Jan. 28, 2021 WI AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
Jan. 26, 2021 WI SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
Jan. 12, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations (29 - 2)
Jan. 7, 2021 WI AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (56 - 34)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/14 SR 6 Requires the Attorney General Join the State as a Plaintiff in State of West Virginia v US Department of Treasury Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/14 SB 210 Requires Election Administrators Allow Election Observers to be No More Than 3 Feet Away from Voter Registration Tables Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/14 SB 213 Authorizes Individuals to File Election Law Violation Claims Against Election Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - House (59 - 36)
3/23 SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - House (58 - 35)
3/23 AB 24 Prohibits Closing Places of Worship Due to COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (61 - 33)
3/23 AB 23 Prohibits Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (60 - 33)
3/23 AB 25 Prohibits Private Employers from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (59 - 35)
3/23 SB 183 Increases Legislative Oversight Over Governor Spending of Pandemic Relief Funds Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
3/16 SB 39 Requires School Boards to Allow Students in Charter Schools to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
3/16 SB 29 Amends the Process of Terminating Parental Rights to Waive the Court Appearance Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
3/16 SJR 20 Establishes February 2021 as Black History Month and Honors Black Legislators Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (11 - 20)
3/16 SJR 11 Extends Honors to Rush Limbaugh Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
2/18 SB 1 Authorizes the Modernization of the State's Unemployment System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
2/16 AB 2 Amends Various Sections of State Tax Code Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
2/16 SB 38 Establishes a Return to Work Plan for State Employees Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
2/16 SB 8 Prohibits the State from Prioritizing Prisoners in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
2/16 SB 55 Authorizes Local Government Units to No Longer Publish Their Meeting Proceedings Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
2/05 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 11)
1/28 SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 42)
1/28 AB 5 Establishes Plans for Vaccine Distribution Bill Passed - House (57 - 36)
1/26 SJR 3 Prohibits Extending Emergency Orders Related to COVID-19 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
1/12 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations (29 - 2)
1/07 AB 1 Expands State Medicaid to Ensure Coverage of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (56 - 34)

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