Key Votes

2013 Montana Key Votes

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4/24 MT SB 81 Establishes Tax Deductions for Donations to Educational Charities Bill Passed - House (54 - 45) 4/23 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (29 - 21) 4/23 MT SB 256 Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 20) 4/23 MT HB 377 Appropriates Funds for the Teachers' Retirement System Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 44) 4/22 MT SB 256 Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo Conference Report Adopted - House (61 - 39) 4/20 MT HB 297 Prohibits the Employment of Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 37) 4/20 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 33) 4/19 MT SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 4/19 MT SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 20) 4/19 MT HB 2 2013-2015 Biennium Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 41) 4/18 MT HB 623 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22) 4/18 MT HB 377 Appropriates Funds for the Teachers' Retirement System Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19) 4/17 MT SB 405 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (58 - 42) 4/17 MT SB 175 Increases Public Education Funding Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 4/17 MT SB 408 Limits General Election Candidates to Top 2 From Primary Election Bill Passed - House (57 - 43) 4/17 MT SB 143 Amends Bison Management Laws Bill Failed - House (50 - 50) 4/16 MT HB 2 2013-2015 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 20) 4/16 MT HB 13 Appropriates Funds for State Employee Pay Raises Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13) 4/10 MT SB 107 Amends Sexual Conduct Laws Bill Passed - House (64 - 35) 4/08 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21) 4/04 MT HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 41) 3/28 MT HB 217 Exempts Religious Organizations from Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22) 3/23 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19) 3/21 MT HB 247 Authorizes Salvage of Game Killed By Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20) 3/13 MT HB 302 Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearms Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21) 2/28 MT HB 505 Prohibits Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Passed - House (51 - 46) 2/27 MT HB 384 Authorizes Students to Bring Firearms to School Bill Failed - House (45 - 53) 2/27 MT HB 391 Requires Parental Consent Prior to an Abortion for a Minor Bill Passed - House (57 - 41) 2/26 MT HB 229 Amends Campaign Finance Limits Bill Passed - House (58 - 40) 2/25 MT HB 396 Requires County Board Approval for Bison Relocation Bill Passed - House (61 - 37) 2/23 MT SB 175 Increases Public Education Funding Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17) 2/23 MT HB 240 Authorizes Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 2/22 MT HB 304 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms Without a Concealed-Carry Permit Bill Passed - House (58 - 41) 2/22 MT HB 205 Authorizes Use of Suppressors for Hunting Bill Passed - House (61 - 37) 2/21 MT HB 254 Requires Disclaimers on Elections Materials Bill Passed - House (76 - 23) 2/21 MT HB 255 Requires Political Action Committees to Disclose Expenditure Reports Bill Passed - House (62 - 36) 2/20 MT SB 107 Amends Sexual Conduct Laws Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11) 2/16 MT SB 81 Establishes Tax Deductions for Donations to Educational Charities Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20) 2/12 MT HB 315 Establishes Public Charter Schools Bill Failed - House (49 - 50) 2/09 MT SB 96 Reduces Business Equipment Tax Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 16) 2/07 MT HB 239 Requires Parental Consent for Sex Education Bill Passed - House (56 - 41) 2/06 MT HB 27 Authorizes the Use of Silencers While Hunting Bill Passed - House (63 - 33) 2/01 MT HB 30 Prohibits Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 38)

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

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