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2016 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Sept. 14, 2016 MO HB 1414 Establishes Regulations for the Release of Certain Agricultural Data Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
Sept. 14, 2016 MO SB 641 Establishes Income Tax Deduction for Agricultural Disaster Aid Payments Veto Override Passed - House (112 - 38)
Sept. 14, 2016 MO HB 1414 Establishes Regulations for the Release of Certain Agricultural Data Veto Override Passed - House (111 - 46)
Sept. 14, 2016 MO SB 641 Establishes Income Tax Deduction for Agricultural Disaster Aid Payments Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
Aug. 29, 2016 CA AB 1066 Requires Overtime Pay for Farmworkers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 32)
Aug. 26, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
Aug. 24, 2016 CA SB 32 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Aug. 24, 2016 CA AB 197 Establishes the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 30)
Aug. 23, 2016 CA SB 32 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels Bill Passed - House (48 - 31)
Aug. 22, 2016 CA AB 1066 Requires Overtime Pay for Farmworkers Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
Aug. 22, 2016 CA AB 197 Establishes the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
June 20, 2016 NC HB 763 Prohibits Wind Farms in Certain Military Flight Zones Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
June 16, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
June 7, 2016 RI H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
June 2, 2016 CA AB 2757 Requires Overtime Pay for Farmworkers Bill Failed - House (38 - 35)
May 25, 2016 OH SB 331 Establishes Regulations for Dog Sales Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
May 24, 2016 National HR 897 Zika Vector Control Act Bill Passed - House (258 - 156)
May 4, 2016 AZ SB 1400 Amends Review Process for County Water Supply Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
May 4, 2016 AZ SB 1268 Exempts Cities from Assured Water Supply Requirement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
April 18, 2016 LA SB 29 Authorizes the Sale of Raw Milk Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
April 13, 2016 NE LB 824 Amends Renewable Energy Development Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 10)
April 12, 2016 HI HB 2501 Authorizes Extension for Water Permits Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 6)
April 12, 2016 HI HB 2501 Authorizes Extension for Water Permits Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 6)
April 6, 2016 AZ SB 1248 Prohibits Pet Stores from Selling Commercially Bred Animals Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
April 6, 2016 MD SB 921 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
April 5, 2016 RI S 2185 Extends Renewable Energy Standard Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
March 30, 2016 MD SB 323 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill Passed - House (97 - 39)
March 29, 2016 CO SB 157 Requires Suspension of Clean Power Plan Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
March 21, 2016 MD HB 1106 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Bill Passed - House (92 - 43)
March 14, 2016 NJ S 1707 Requires Increased Use of Renewable Energy Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 10, 2016 UT SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (20 - 8)
March 10, 2016 UT SB 115 Amends Regulations Regarding Public Electricity Bill Passed - House (46 - 26)
March 9, 2016 MD SB 198 Prohibits Certain Pesticides Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
March 8, 2016 HI HB 2501 Authorizes Extension for Water Permits Bill Passed - House (44 - 7)
March 8, 2016 HI HB 2501 Authorizes Extension for Water Permits Bill Passed - House (44 - 7)
March 2, 2016 OR SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
March 2, 2016 OR HB 4037 Establishes Solar Energy Incentives Program Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
March 2, 2016 OR HB 4040 Authorizes Removal of Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
March 1, 2016 OR SB 1547 Prohibits the Use of Coal as an Energy Supply Source Bill Passed - House (38 - 20)
March 1, 2016 KY SB 89 Authorizes Construction of Nuclear Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Feb. 29, 2016 TN SB 1821 Authorizes the Possession of a Live Skunk Bill Failed - House (44 - 36)
Feb. 26, 2016 National HR 2406 Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 161)
Feb. 25, 2016 IA SF 2289 Expands Criminal Offenses for Animal Mistreatment Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 25, 2016 IA SF 2289 Expands Criminal Offenses for Animal Mistreatment Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 23, 2016 SD HB 1206 Authorizes the Use of Handguns to Hunt Game Birds Bill Failed - House (23 - 44)
Feb. 22, 2016 HI SB 2647 Prohibits Sale of Endangered Species Parts or Products Bill Passed - Senate (15 - 7)
Feb. 22, 2016 MO HB 1414 Establishes Regulations for the Release of Certain Agricultural Data Bill Passed - House (104 - 49)
Feb. 17, 2016 OR HB 4122 Requires Genetically Engineered Fish to Be Labeled Bill Passed - House (32 - 27)
Feb. 15, 2016 OR HB 4036 Requires Electric Companies to Eliminate Coal Power Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
Feb. 12, 2016 OR HB 4040 Authorizes Removal of Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List Bill Passed - House (33 - 23)
Feb. 11, 2016 NJ S 988 Authorizes Qualified Wind Energy Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Feb. 9, 2016 CO HB 1004 Amends Climate Impact Plan Bill Passed - House (34 - 31)
Feb. 9, 2016 WI AB 600 Amends Shoreline Development Regulations Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
Feb. 5, 2016 NE LB 176 Authorizes Meatpackers to Own Swine Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
Feb. 4, 2016 National S 2012 Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (43 - 54)
Jan. 27, 2016 SD HB 1075 Expands Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Areas Bill Passed - House (36 - 32)
Jan. 21, 2016 National S J Res 22 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the Rule Submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to the Definition of "Waters of the United States" Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 40)
Jan. 13, 2016 National S J Res 22 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the Rule Submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to the Definition of "Waters of the United States" Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Joint Resolution Passed - House (253 - 166)
Jan. 12, 2016 National HR 1644 Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 188)
Jan. 12, 2016 National HR 1644 Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 188)

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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
  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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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