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Key Votes

2015 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Dec. 3, 2015 National HR 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 174)
Dec. 1, 2015 National S J Res 23 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - House (235 - 188)
Nov. 17, 2015 National HR 511 Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (249 - 177)
Nov. 17, 2015 National S J Res 23 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 46)
Oct. 27, 2015 National HR 597 Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (313 - 118)
Oct. 22, 2015 National S Amdt 2564 Prohibits Liability Immunity for Corporations that Break User Agreements Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 65)
Oct. 9, 2015 National HR 702 To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill Passed - House (261 - 159)
Oct. 1, 2015 National HR 3457 Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 173)
Sept. 11, 2015 National HR 3460 To Suspend Until January 21, 2017, the Authority of the President to Waive, Suspend, Reduce, Provide Relief from, or Otherwise Limit the Application of Sanctions Pursuant to an Agreement Related to the Nuclear Program of Iran Bill Passed - House (247 - 186)
Sept. 4, 2015 CA AB 888 Prohibits the Sale of Products Containing Plastic Microbeads Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Aug. 27, 2015 CA SB 5 Amends Regulations for E-Cigarettes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Aug. 27, 2015 CA SB 7 Increases Smoking Age to 21 Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
July 23, 2015 National HR 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (275 - 150)
July 3, 2015 OR SB 478 Requires Manufacturers to Disclose Certain Chemicals Used in Children's Products Bill Passed - House (43 - 17)
July 1, 2015 OR SB 478 Requires Manufacturers to Disclose Certain Chemicals Used in Children's Products Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
June 25, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
June 25, 2015 NJ A 4018 Authorizes Lottery Courier Services Bill Passed - House (54 - 20)
June 24, 2015 NH HB 550 Authorizes Businesses to Not Declare Profits from Interest Sales Conference Report Adopted - House (202 - 145)
June 24, 2015 NH HB 550 Authorizes Businesses to Not Declare Profits from Interest Sales Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
June 23, 2015 NC HB 148 Requires Auto Insurance for Moped Operators Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 8)
June 23, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
June 12, 2015 OR SB 454 Requires Employers to Offer Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - House (33 - 24)
June 11, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
June 11, 2015 NJ A 3981 Establishes Alternative Property Tax Payments for Casinos Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
June 10, 2015 National HR 2393 Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (300 - 131)
June 10, 2015 OR SB 454 Requires Employers to Offer Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
June 4, 2015 IL HB 1287 Amends Certain Workers' Compensation Programs Bill Passed - House (63 - 39)
June 3, 2015 NC HB 405 Prohibits the Recording of Certain Employer Property Veto Override Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
June 3, 2015 NC HB 405 Prohibits the Recording of Certain Employer Property Veto Override Passed - House (79 - 36)
June 2, 2015 CA SB 140 Prohibits Smoking Electronic Cigarettes in Certain Indoor Areas Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
June 2, 2015 CA SB 151 Increases Smoking Age Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
June 2, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
June 1, 2015 National HR 1335 Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act Bill Passed - House (225 - 152)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 3 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
May 28, 2015 OR HB 2007 Prohibits Employers from Penalizing Employees for Discussing Wages Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
May 27, 2015 MI HB 4467 Authorizes Private High-Security Prisons Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
May 25, 2015 TX SB 900 Amends Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Bill Passed - House (97 - 44)
May 22, 2015 NV SB 193 Increases Minimum Wage and Amends Overtime Definition Bill Passed - House (22 - 20)
May 21, 2015 National HR 2262 Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (284 - 133)
May 20, 2015 National HR 880 American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (274 - 145)
May 18, 2015 NC HB 405 Prohibits the Recording of Certain Employer Property Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
May 14, 2015 CT HB 6283 Prohibits E-Cigarettes in Public Spaces Bill Passed - House (99 - 46)
May 12, 2015 National HR 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46)
May 12, 2015 DE SB 75 Prohibits Stock Corporations from Establishing Fee-Shifting Bylaws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 5)
May 7, 2015 LA HB 805 Reduces Corporate Inventory Tax Refunds Bill Passed - House (58 - 42)
May 7, 2015 MI HB 4467 Authorizes Private High-Security Prisons Bill Passed - House (57 - 53)
May 5, 2015 KS SB 117 Requires Insurance Coverage for Transportation Network Companies Veto Override Passed - House (96 - 25)
May 5, 2015 KS SB 117 Requires Insurance Coverage for Transportation Network Companies Veto Override Passed - Senate (34 - 5)
May 4, 2015 NY A 7257 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (97 - 43)
May 1, 2015 HI HB 1075 Authorizes Public-private Partnership of Hospital Facilities Conference Report Adopted - House (34 - 16)
May 1, 2015 HI HB 1075 Authorizes Public-private Partnership of Hospital Facilities Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 1)
April 30, 2015 TX SB 1628 Amends Existing Law Relating to Insurance Claim Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 10)
April 29, 2015 NC HB 148 Requires Auto Insurance for Moped Operators Bill Passed - House (81 - 32)
April 28, 2015 CO HB 1346 Amends Taxation on Certain Corporate Income Bill Passed - House (33 - 31)
April 27, 2015 TX SB 900 Amends Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
April 24, 2015 HI SB 1030 Prohibits Sale of Tobacco Products to Individuals Under 21 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 4)
April 24, 2015 FL SB 604 Requires Contact Information from Certain Website Operators Bill Passed - House (78 - 38)
April 23, 2015 MO HB 830 Authorizes Cultivation of Industrial Hemp Bill Passed - House (104 - 41)
April 23, 2015 FL SB 1298 Expands Insurance Requirements for Short-Term Rental Companies Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 12)
April 21, 2015 IL HB 3761 Prohibits Sale of Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
April 15, 2015 OK HB 1614 Establishes Regulations for Transportation Network Company Services Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11)
April 15, 2015 IL HB 2653 Prohibits Sale of Certain Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (64 - 49)
April 15, 2015 NV SB 439 Establishes Regulations for Transportation Network Companies Bill Failed - Senate (11 - 10)
April 14, 2015 HI SB 1030 Prohibits Sale of Tobacco Products to Individuals Under 21 Bill Passed - House (45 - 7)
April 14, 2015 National HR 650 Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (263 - 162)
April 7, 2015 IN HB 1432 Establishes E-Liquid Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
April 7, 2015 OK SB 71 Expands the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program Act Bill Passed - House (51 - 43)
April 3, 2015 NV SB 193 Increases Minimum Wage and Amends Overtime Definition Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
April 2, 2015 IN SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
April 2, 2015 KS SB 117 Requires Insurance Coverage for Transportation Network Companies Conference Report Adopted - House (107 - 16)
April 2, 2015 IN SB 50 Specifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does Not Authorize Discrimination Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 30)
April 2, 2015 AR SJR 16 Authorizes Issuance of Bonds for Economic Development Projects Bill Passed - House (70 - 22)
March 31, 2015 AZ SB 1241 Prohibits Local Ordinances on Disposable Containers Bill Passed - House (37 - 23)
March 30, 2015 ND HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 12)
March 27, 2015 GA SB 139 Prohibits Ban on Auxiliary Containers Bill Failed - House (67 - 85)
March 26, 2015 NJ A 939 Amends Tax Expenditure Report Concurrence Vote Passed - House (43 - 31)
March 26, 2015 National S Amdt 798 Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund for Legislation to Allow Americans to Earn Paid Sick Time Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 39)
March 25, 2015 MI HB 4015 Amends Ticket Sale Laws Bill Passed - House (70 - 40)
March 24, 2015 IA SF 232 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 23, 2015 MN HF 1027 Amends Minimum Wage for Employees Receiving Gratuities Bill Passed - House (78 - 55)
March 19, 2015 MO HB 722 Prohibits Restrictions on Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (114 - 38)
March 16, 2015 ID H 262 Establishes Standards for Transportation Network Companies Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
March 12, 2015 NH SB 261 Increases Minimum Wage "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
March 12, 2015 OK SB 298 Requires Insurers to Check Policies after an Insured Individual's Death Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 12)
March 11, 2015 AZ HB 2069 Reduces State Income Tax Rates Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
March 10, 2015 WA SB 5513 Reduces Minimum Age to Settle a Worker's Compensation Claim Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 10, 2015 WA SB 5899 Establishes Small Loans and Small Consumer Installment Loans Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
March 10, 2015 WA SB 5899 Establishes Small Loans and Small Consumer Installment Loans Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
March 10, 2015 HI SB 1030 Prohibits Sale of Tobacco Products to Individuals Under 21 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 5)
March 9, 2015 GA HB 110 Authorizes and Regulates the Sale of Consumer Fireworks Bill Passed - House (119 - 49)
March 4, 2015 MS HB 1127 Prohibits Contracting with Companies with Investments in Iran Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 11)
March 4, 2015 AZ HB 2611 Authorizes "Flex Loans" Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2015 NH HB 136 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - House (199 - 162)
March 4, 2015 AZ HB 2611 Authorizes "Flex Loans" Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 3, 2015 WA HB 1355 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
March 3, 2015 WA HB 1356 Requires Employers to Offer Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
March 2, 2015 UT SB 169 Prohibits Contact Lens Manufacturers from Fixing Prices Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 8)
Feb. 27, 2015 VA HB 1570 Increases Regulations on Day Care Providers Conference Report Adopted - House (68 - 26)
Feb. 26, 2015 PA HB 466 Authorizes Private Alcohol Sales Bill Passed - House (114 - 87)
Feb. 25, 2015 NM HB 75 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Join or Pay Unions Bill Passed - House (37 - 30)
Feb. 24, 2015 IA SF 269 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
Feb. 19, 2015 CO HB 1144 Prohibits Production and Sale of Products Containing Microbeads Bill Passed - House (47 - 18)
Feb. 18, 2015 SD SB 177 Establishes a Youth Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
Feb. 16, 2015 ND HB 1437 Extends Triggered Oil Extraction Tax Rate Bill Passed - House (79 - 14)
Feb. 13, 2015 National HR 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (272 - 142)
Feb. 13, 2015 KY HB 145 Prohibits Smoking in Public Places Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
Feb. 10, 2015 KY HB 2 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (56 - 43)
Feb. 9, 2015 CO SB 65 Prohibits Withdrawing Public Assistance Funds at Certain Places Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2015 National HR 527 Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (260 - 163)
Feb. 5, 2015 IL SB 11 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Feb. 2, 2015 CO HB 1031 Prohibits the Sale of Powdered Alcohol Bill Passed - House (46 - 17)
Jan. 14, 2015 National HR 37 Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act Bill Passed - House (271 - 154)
Jan. 14, 2015 National HR 37 Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act Bill Passed - House (271 - 154)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

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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