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Key Votes

2016 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Aug. 26, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
June 16, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
May 25, 2016 OH SB 331 Establishes Regulations for Dog Sales Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
April 6, 2016 AZ SB 1248 Prohibits Pet Stores from Selling Commercially Bred Animals Bill Passed - House (36 - 23)
March 2, 2016 OR HB 4040 Authorizes Removal of Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
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. 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. 12, 2016 OR HB 4040 Authorizes Removal of Gray Wolf from Endangered Species List Bill Passed - House (33 - 23)
Jan. 27, 2016 SD HB 1075 Expands Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Areas Bill Passed - House (36 - 32)

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
  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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