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Rhode Island Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 17, 2014 S 2690A Establishes Solar Energy Program Bill Passed - House
(63 - 7)
May 27, 2014 H 7096A Reduces the Frequency of Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House
(69 - 3)
May 9, 2013 H 5140 Classifies a Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - House
(53 - 17)
May 2, 2013 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(56 - 15)
Jan. 24, 2013 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House
(51 - 19)
June 12, 2012 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House
(59 - 6)
June 11, 2012 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - House
(38 - 20)
June 11, 2012 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House
(56 - 9)
June 11, 2012 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House
(60 - 8)
June 8, 2012 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House
(57 - 15)
June 5, 2012 H 7092 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - House
(50 - 24)
May 16, 2012 H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House
(64 - 7)
Feb. 1, 2012 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House
(56 - 12)
Nov. 17, 2011 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - House
(57 - 15)
June 30, 2011 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House
(51 - 22)
May 19, 2011 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - House
(62 - 11)

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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.

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