Key Votes

2013 All Key Votes

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12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 53) 12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 24) 11/06 IL SB 1523 Amends Pension Code Bill Passed - House (87 - 26) 5/16 AZ SB 1492 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 11) 4/09 WI AB 15 Authorizes Work-Share Programs Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15) 3/15 MD HB 100 2013-2014 Budget Bill Passed - House (101 - 36) 3/14 KS HB 2059 Reduces Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14) 3/08 AR HB 1329 Reduces Concealed Carry License Application Fee Bill Failed - House (31 - 52) 3/06 WI AB 15 Authorizes Work-Share Programs Bill Passed - House (74 - 22) 3/05 AR HB 1041 Establishes a Spending Cap on the State Budget Bill Failed - House (49 - 47) 2/28 MI HB 4111 Appropriates Federal Funding for Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - House (78 - 31) 2/27 ND HB 1362 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (57 - 36) 2/27 NM HB 64 Amends Educational Employee Pension Funds and Policies Bill Passed - House (50 - 17) 2/20 VT H 265 Amends Education Property Tax Rates for Fiscal Year 2014 Bill Passed - House (96 - 45) 2/20 NH HB 370 Repeals the Education Tax Credit Program Bill Passed - House (188 - 151) 2/19 WY HB 1 2013-2014 Supplemental Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (50 - 6) 2/19 IA HF 215 Appropriates Education Funding and Establishes New Programs Bill Passed - House (52 - 44) 2/15 NA HR 273 Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees Bill Passed - House (261 - 154) 2/14 MN HF 9 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 22) 2/14 IA SF 162 Establishes the School Budget Growth for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22) 2/06 NH CACR1 Requires Three-Fifths Majority for Tax Increases "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (206 - 149) 2/05 WY HB 230 Appropriates Funds for Schools to Hire School Resource Officers Bill Passed - House (38 - 22) 2/04 UT HB 34 Authorizes "In God We Trust" on License Plates Bill Passed - House (64 - 9) 1/30 IA SF 52 Establishes the School Budget Growth for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). 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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.