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Rhode Island Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 22, 2013 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 6)
April 24, 2013 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 12)
June 13, 2012 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 11)
June 13, 2012 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 8)
June 12, 2012 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(33 - 2)
June 11, 2012 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 7)
June 7, 2012 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 11)
June 5, 2012 S 2253 Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 6)
May 9, 2012 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 3)
March 13, 2012 S 2322 Prohibits The Use Of Tanning Facilities By Minors Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 8)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 1, 2012 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 2)
Nov. 17, 2011 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 2)
June 29, 2011 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 16)
May 12, 2011 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 6)
April 5, 2011 S 87 Establishing the Rhode Island Health Benefit Exchange Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 6)

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.

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