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2015 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Oct. 21, 2015 National HR 10 Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act Bill Passed - House (240 - 191)
Sept. 30, 2015 OH HB 2 Amends Charter School Regulations Concurrence Vote Failed - House (34 - 58)
Sept. 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 24)
Sept. 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - House (54 - 24)
July 9, 2015 IL HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 34)
July 9, 2015 WA HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 11)
July 8, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
July 8, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
July 8, 2015 National HR 5 Student Success Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 213)
July 7, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
July 7, 2015 WI SB 21 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
July 3, 2015 OR SB 932 Authorizes Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
July 2, 2015 OR SB 932 Authorizes Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
July 2, 2015 OR SB 895 Requires Schools to Report Immunization Rates Bill Passed - House (39 - 21)
June 30, 2015 WA HB 2266 Establishes a Delay on Class Size Restrictions Bill Failed - Senate (27 - 17)
June 30, 2015 OR SB 895 Requires Schools to Report Immunization Rates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)
June 25, 2015 OR SB 932 Authorizes Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
June 23, 2015 IL HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Failed - House (51 - 44)
June 23, 2015 PA HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
June 23, 2015 PA HB 805 Requires Schools to Use Teacher Performance Evaluations Bill Passed - House (100 - 91)
June 17, 2015 DE HB 50 Authorizes Parents to Opt Children Out of Standardized Tests Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
June 15, 2015 OR HB 2655 Authorizes Parents to Excuse Children from Statewide Assessments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (32 - 28)
June 9, 2015 WI SB 70 Authorizes Certain Officers to Carry Firearms in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
June 3, 2015 AL SB 71 Increases Cumulative Cap on Tax Credits Available for Scholarship Donations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 14)
June 2, 2015 MI HB 4041 Amends Requirements to Receive Certain Assistance Funds Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 34)
June 2, 2015 LA SB 48 Amends the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Bill Passed - House (65 - 33)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 707 Prohibits Concealed Firearms on School Grounds Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 1, 2015 CA SB 172 Repeals Requirement for High School Seniors to Pass Exit Exam Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 14)
May 29, 2015 CT HB 6844 Amends Eligibility Requirements for In-State Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
May 29, 2015 NV SB 302 Establishes Education Savings Account Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
May 29, 2015 IL HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 24)
May 28, 2015 AL SB 71 Increases Cumulative Cap on Tax Credits Available for Scholarship Donations Bill Passed - House (68 - 26)
May 27, 2015 TX SB 11 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (102 - 44)
May 27, 2015 IL HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
May 26, 2015 MI HB 4041 Amends Requirements to Receive Certain Assistance Funds Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
May 22, 2015 NV AB 448 Authorizes Conversion of a Public School to a Charter School Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
May 21, 2015 OR SB 553 Limits School Disciplinary Policies Bill Passed - House (40 - 19)
May 20, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
May 19, 2015 CT HB 6844 Amends Eligibility Requirements for In-State Tuition Bill Passed - House (78 - 70)
May 17, 2015 MN HF 844 Prohibits Students from Using Facilities Designated for the Opposite Sex Conference Report Adopted - House (71 - 59)
May 13, 2015 MI SB 139 Limits Fund-Raising Activities Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
May 7, 2015 AL HB 236 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Sports Bill Passed - House (52 - 43)
May 4, 2015 CO SB 14 Authorizes Caregivers to Administer Medical Marijuana Treatments to Certain Students on School Property Bill Passed - House (51 - 13)
May 1, 2015 CO SB 213 Limits Immunity for Public Schools in Incidents of School Violence Bill Passed - House (43 - 21)
April 29, 2015 IN HB 1001 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (69 - 30)
April 29, 2015 IN HB 1001 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (40 - 9)
April 29, 2015 MI HB 4115 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (60 - 50)
April 29, 2015 LA SB 48 Amends the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
April 29, 2015 MI HB 4115 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (60 - 50)
April 25, 2015 MN HF 844 2015-2017 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (69 - 61)
April 23, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
April 22, 2015 TN SB 612 Exempts Certain Students from Out-of-State Tuition Bill Failed - House (49 - 47)
April 21, 2015 MT SB 107 Authorizes New High School Districts Bill Failed - House (48 - 52)
April 21, 2015 NV AB 375 Prohibits Students from Using Facilities Designated for the Opposite Sex Bill Failed - House (20 - 22)
April 20, 2015 MT SB 410 Authorizes Tax Credits for Donations to Certain Educational Programs and Student Scholarship Organizations Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
April 16, 2015 OK SB 782 Authorizes Charter Schools in All Districts Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 7)
April 16, 2015 ND SB 2151 Appropriates Funds for Early Childhood Education Grants Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
April 16, 2015 TN SB 612 Authorizes Certain Students to be Charged In-State Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
April 15, 2015 ND SB 2151 Appropriates Funds for Early Childhood Education Grants Bill Passed - House (50 - 41)
April 15, 2015 NH SB 101 Prohibits the Requirement of Common Core Standards Bill Passed - House (202 - 138)
April 15, 2015 NV AB 121 Prohibits Disciplining Students for Simulating Firearms Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
April 15, 2015 CO HB 1165 Requires Approval to Use Native American School Mascots Bill Passed - House (33 - 32)
April 13, 2015 MD HB 70 2015-2016 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 13)
April 13, 2015 MD HB 70 2015-2016 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (90 - 49)
April 13, 2015 MT HB 284 Prohibits Bullying in Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (58 - 42)
April 13, 2015 MD SB 183 Amends Funding for the Geographic Cost of Education Index Bill Passed - House (88 - 51)
April 13, 2015 MD SB 183 Amends Funding for the Geographic Cost of Education Index Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
April 8, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 8, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - House (111 - 49)
April 7, 2015 NV AB 165 Establishes the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
April 6, 2015 WA SB 6088 Amends Class Size-Related Funding Calculation Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 6, 2015 NV AB 148 Authorizes Concealed Carry on College Campuses Bill Passed - House (24 - 15)
April 3, 2015 NV AB 111 Increases College Credits Required for Millennium Scholarship Bill Passed - House (31 - 10)
April 2, 2015 OK SB 711 Encourages School Districts to Report Alleged Criminal Actions of Teachers Bill Passed - House (61 - 29)
April 2, 2015 MO HB 499 Requires Public Schools to Recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English Bill Passed - House (118 - 30)
April 1, 2015 AZ SB 1332 Expands Empowerment Scholarship to Include Native Americans Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
April 1, 2015 AK SB 64 Amends School Bond Debt Reimbursement Bill Passed - House (23 - 15)
April 1, 2015 NV AB 165 Establishes the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program Bill Passed - House (25 - 17)
March 31, 2015 NY S 2006B Establishes Annual Teacher Evaluation Program Bill Passed - House (92 - 55)
March 31, 2015 AL SB 71 Increases Cumulative Cap on Tax Credits Available for Scholarship Donations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 31, 2015 MT SB 410 Authorizes Tax Credits for Donations to Certain Educational Programs and Student Scholarship Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
March 31, 2015 TX SB 6 Establishes Rating System for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 10)
March 31, 2015 NY S 2006B Establishes Annual Teacher Evaluation Program Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
March 30, 2015 TN SB 999 Establishes The Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
March 27, 2015 FL HB 7037 Appropriates Funds for Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (75 - 35)
March 26, 2015 OK HB 1749 Prohibits Payroll Deductions for Public Employee Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 16)
March 26, 2015 OH HB 2 Amends Charter School Regulations Bill Passed - House (70 - 25)
March 26, 2015 MI HB 4041 Requires School Attendance to Receive Assistance Funds Bill Passed - House (74 - 36)
March 25, 2015 IA SF 227 Amends the School Year Start Date Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
March 25, 2015 KS HB 2326 Amends Teacher Contracts Bill Failed - Senate (13 - 27)
March 25, 2015 CO SB 45 Establishes Tax Credits for Private School Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
March 20, 2015 ND HB 1195 Authorizes Concealed Firearms in Schools Bill Failed - Senate (17 - 28)
March 19, 2015 KS SB 175 Prohibits Universities from Denying Benefits to Religious Student Organizations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
March 19, 2015 AL SB 191 Establishes the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Community College System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
March 19, 2015 AL SB 191 Establishes the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Community College System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 5)
March 19, 2015 TX SB 11 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
March 19, 2015 MO HB 104 Prohibits Universities From Denying Benefits to a Religious Student Association Bill Passed - House (117 - 38)
March 18, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 45)
March 18, 2015 AL SB 45 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 18, 2015 AL SB 45 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 41)
March 16, 2015 ID S 1096 Establishes Parental Rights in Education Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2005 Expands Certain Teacher Certification Programs Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 37)
March 14, 2015 WV HB 2934 Requires a Review of State Education Standards Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 14, 2015 WV SB 286 Amends Exemption Procedure for Compulsory Immunizations Bill Passed - House (62 - 36)
March 13, 2015 KS SB 7 Appropriates Funds to the Department of Education Bill Passed - House (64 - 57)
March 13, 2015 KS SB 7 Appropriates Funds to the Department of Education Bill Passed - House (64 - 57)
March 13, 2015 AR HB 1722 Prohibits The Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Publicly Funded Colleges and Universities Bill Passed - House (58 - 18)
March 13, 2015 AR HB 1377 Authorizes the Use of Waivers by Public School Districts Bill Passed - House (58 - 18)
March 12, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 12, 2015 AR SB 366 Authorizes Additional Compensations to Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 8)
March 11, 2015 MO HB 187 Prohibits Undocumented Immigrants from Receiving Student Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (111 - 41)
March 11, 2015 GA SR 80 Revises Advanced Placement Test in U.S. History Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
March 11, 2015 MO HB 187 Prohibits Undocumented Immigrants from Receiving Student Financial Aid Bill Passed - House (111 - 41)
March 11, 2015 WA SB 5748 Requires the Use of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 10, 2015 MS SB 2258 Authorizes Department of Education to Investigate Cheating Allegations Bill Passed - House (65 - 53)
March 10, 2015 AL SB 45 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
March 9, 2015 AR SB 5 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
March 9, 2015 AZ HB 2246 Authorizes Parents to Opt-Out of Standardized Tests for Their Children Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
March 5, 2015 NV SB 119 Exempts Schools from Paying Prevailing Wages Bill Passed - House (23 - 19)
March 5, 2015 GA SR 287 Authorizes Residents to Vote on New School District Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
March 5, 2015 MN HF 2 Amends Requirements for Teacher Layoffs Bill Passed - House (70 - 63)
March 5, 2015 GA SB 133 Establishes Opportunity School District Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
March 4, 2015 PA HB 530 Amends Charter School Laws Bill Passed - House (118 - 78)
March 3, 2015 AR HB 1242 Amends Requirements for the Creation of a New School District Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 6)
March 3, 2015 SD SB 89 Requires School Safety Plans and Lockdown Drills Bill Failed - House (30 - 37)
March 2, 2015 WV SB 14 Authorizes Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
Feb. 28, 2015 WV HB 2934 Repeals Common Core Standards Bill Passed - House (75 - 19)
Feb. 27, 2015 KY SB 76 Prohibits Students from Using Restrooms Designated for the Opposite Sex Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Feb. 26, 2015 WY HB 144 Establishes a School Safety Tip Line Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
Feb. 26, 2015 MT SB 12 Authorizes School Funding for 19-Year-Old Students Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Feb. 25, 2015 WY HB 23 Authorizes Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards Conference Report Adopted - House (43 - 12)
Feb. 25, 2015 MO HB 42 Amends School Transfer Laws Bill Passed - House (114 - 43)
Feb. 25, 2015 ND SB 2254 Amends School District Funding Calculations to Include Early Childhood Education Programs Bill Failed - Senate (16 - 31)
Feb. 25, 2015 ND SB 2151 Appropriates Funds for Early Childhood Education Grants Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
Feb. 25, 2015 KS SB 56 Prohibits Exposing Minors to Harmful Materials Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 14)
Feb. 24, 2015 WY HB 159 Repeals Statewide Writing Assessment Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 24, 2015 MT SB 107 Authorizes New High School Districts Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 16)
Feb. 24, 2015 SD SB 189 Establishes Tax Credit Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 24, 2015 IN HB 1001 2015-2017 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (69 - 29)
Feb. 23, 2015 AZ SB 1172 Prohibits Schools from Releasing Student Information for Political Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Feb. 23, 2015 AK HCR 2 Establishes Alaska School Choice Week Joint Resolution Passed - House (21 - 14)
Feb. 23, 2015 AZ SB 1172 Prohibits Schools from Releasing Student Information for Political Purposes Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 11)
Feb. 19, 2015 GA HB 100 Amends Minimum Age for Kindergarten Enrollment Bill Passed - House (110 - 53)
Feb. 17, 2015 VA HB 1626 Authorizes Home-Schooled Students to Participate in Public School Interscholastic Programs Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
Feb. 16, 2015 NV SB 119 Exempts Schools from Paying Prevailing Wages Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
Feb. 12, 2015 WY HB 23 Authorizes Consideration of Next Generation Science Standards Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
Feb. 12, 2015 CO SB 77 Extends Parental Rights in Education and Health Care Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
Feb. 11, 2015 MS SB 2695 Establishes Education Scholarship Accounts for Special Needs Students Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
Feb. 11, 2015 MS SB 2161 Establishes College and Career Readiness Standards Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
Feb. 11, 2015 WY HB 144 Establishes a School Safety Tip Line Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
Feb. 11, 2015 NM HB 41 Requires Third-Graders to Demonstrate Reading Proficiency Bill Passed - House (38 - 30)
Feb. 10, 2015 SD HB 1195 Requires a Student's Gender Identity to be Determined by a Birth Certificate Bill Passed - House (51 - 16)
Feb. 10, 2015 WV HB 2005 Expands Certain Teacher Certification Programs Bill Passed - House (60 - 35)
Feb. 6, 2015 KY SB 8 Establishes Public Charter School Pilot Project Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2015 MT SB 143 Authorizes Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 5, 2015 WY HB 159 Repeals Statewide Writing Assessment Bill Passed - House (53 - 6)
Feb. 5, 2015 KY SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Feb. 5, 2015 KY SB 9 Exempts Certain Construction Projects from Prevailing Wage Laws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Feb. 4, 2015 NC SB 14 Transfers Funds to Rules Review Commission for Litigation Expenses Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
Feb. 2, 2015 WY HB 114 Authorizes Concealed Carry in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - House (42 - 17)
Feb. 2, 2015 WY HB 114 Authorizes Concealed Carry in Certain Public Buildings Bill Passed - House (42 - 17)
Jan. 20, 2015 VA SB 722 Prohibits In-State Tuition for Students with Certain Temporary Visas Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 20)
Jan. 15, 2015 AZ HB 2064 Requires Civics Testing for Graduation Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 10)

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