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Key Votes

2016 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Sept. 28, 2016 National HR 5325 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (342 - 85)
Sept. 28, 2016 National HR 5325 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 26)
Sept. 27, 2016 National HR 954 CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 165)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 654 Authorizes Paid Family Leave Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 30)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 1234 Authorizes Implementation of Retirement Savings Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
Aug. 26, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
Aug. 25, 2016 CA AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Aug. 25, 2016 CA SB 1234 Requires Eligible Employers to Provide Retirement Savings Funds to Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
July 20, 2016 HI SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - House (43 - 3)
July 20, 2016 HI SB 2077 Authorizes Severance Packages for Certain Hospital Employees Veto Override Passed - Senate (18 - 4)
June 23, 2016 National HR 2577 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 Conference Report Adopted - House (239 - 171)
June 18, 2016 RI H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
June 16, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
June 16, 2016 NC HB 1047 Requires Lottery Commission to Report Winner Information to Social Services Bill Passed - House (74 - 39)
June 15, 2016 CA SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
June 15, 2016 CA SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 27)
June 15, 2016 RI H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
June 9, 2016 MI HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 54)
June 8, 2016 MI HB 5384 Appropriates Funds for New Detroit School District Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 18)
June 6, 2016 AK SB 128 Amends Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Policy Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 5)
June 3, 2016 NC HB 1030 Establishes State Budget for 2016-2017 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
May 31, 2016 IL SB 2048 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (17 - 31)
May 31, 2016 IL SB 2048 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (17 - 31)
May 31, 2016 SC S 1258 Amends Structure and Funding of Department of Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 10)
May 30, 2016 IL SB 777 Amends Chicago Police and Firefighter Pension Plans Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 43)
May 30, 2016 IL SB 777 Amends Chicago Police and Firefighter Pension Plans Veto Override Passed - Senate (39 - 19)
May 26, 2016 IL SB 2048 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (60 - 53)
May 19, 2016 IL HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 15)
May 17, 2016 IL HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - House (68 - 45)
May 10, 2016 IL SB 231 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 21)
May 5, 2016 MN HF 3467 Appropriates Bond Proceeds to Public Works Bill Failed - Senate (40 - 26)
May 5, 2016 AR HB 1141 Establishes State Budget for 2016-2017 Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
May 4, 2016 LA HB 1148 Prohibits Sanctuary Cities from Receiving Certain State Funds Bill Passed - House (67 - 27)
May 1, 2016 KS SB 402 Amends Public Assistance Eligibility Criteria Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 13)
May 1, 2016 KS SB 402 Amends Public Assistance Eligibility Criteria Conference Report Adopted - House (79 - 43)
May 1, 2016 KS SB 249 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 18)
May 1, 2016 KS SB 249 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 59)
April 28, 2016 AL SB 287 Appropriates Funds for New Prison Facilities Bill Passed - House (52 - 33)
April 27, 2016 MN HF 3931 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2017 Bill Passed - House (72 - 54)
April 25, 2016 MN HF 2749 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - House (84 - 46)
April 22, 2016 IA HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
April 22, 2016 IA HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
April 21, 2016 TN HB 2248 Rescinds Funding for the University of Tennessee's Diversity Office Conference Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 3)
April 21, 2016 TN HB 2248 Rescinds Funding for the University of Tennessee's Diversity Office Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 21)
April 20, 2016 IA HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
April 19, 2016 IA HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
April 19, 2016 IA SF 2323 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
April 18, 2016 TN HB 2248 Rescinds Funding for the University of Tennessee's Diversity Office Bill Passed - House (66 - 22)
April 14, 2016 AR SB 121 Appropriates Funds to Department of Human Services Bill Failed - Senate (25 - 10)
April 8, 2016 MD HB 1013 Establishes Transportation Project Scoring System Veto Override Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
April 7, 2016 MD HB 1013 Establishes Transportation Project Scoring System Veto Override Passed - House (88 - 52)
April 7, 2016 MO HB 2003 Appropriates Funds to the Department of Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 8)
April 7, 2016 MA S 2220 Increases Spending Cap on Charter School Tuition Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
April 7, 2016 AK HB 222 Limits Governor's Ability to Accept Federal Funds Bill Passed - House (26 - 13)
April 5, 2016 AL SB 287 Appropriates Funds for New Prison Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
March 31, 2016 NH HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 8)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 174 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 175 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 23, 2016 ID H 644 Establishes Health Clinic Grant Program Bill Passed - House (43 - 26)
March 22, 2016 KY HB 305 Appropriates Funds for Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
March 19, 2016 MD HB 1013 Establishes Transportation Project Scoring System Bill Passed - House (84 - 51)
March 17, 2016 IL SB 2059 2016 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 18)
March 15, 2016 AL SB 125 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (65 - 35)
March 14, 2016 AK HB 256 2017 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 4)
March 11, 2016 SD SB 172 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (53 - 12)
March 11, 2016 SD SB 172 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
March 10, 2016 IN SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - Senate (34 - 16)
March 10, 2016 IN SB 165 Expands Medicaid Conference Report Adopted - House (65 - 35)
March 10, 2016 UT SB 246 Authorizes Infrastructure Appropriations Bill Passed - House (52 - 17)
March 10, 2016 MO HB 2003 Appropriates Funds to the Department of Higher Education Bill Passed - House (108 - 46)
March 10, 2016 AK HB 256 2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (24 - 14)
March 9, 2016 SC H 3579 Appropriates Funds for Highways Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 15)
March 9, 2016 NH HB 1696 Amends Health Protection Program Bill Passed - House (216 - 145)
March 8, 2016 UT HB 437 Expands the Health Coverage Improvement Program Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 8)
March 7, 2016 VA HB 1090 Rescinds Funds from Certain Abortion Clinics Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 19)
March 7, 2016 UT SB 246 Authorizes Infrastructure Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 7)
March 4, 2016 UT HB 437 Expands Health Coverage Improvement Program Bill Passed - House (55 - 17)
March 3, 2016 IN SB 333 Appropriates Funds for Transportation Projects Bill Passed - House (57 - 35)
March 3, 2016 IL HB 2990 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education and Human Services Bill Passed - House (70 - 43)
March 3, 2016 IL HB 648 Repeals Requirement to Repay Special Funds Bill Passed - House (61 - 52)
March 2, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Failed - House (69 - 48)
March 2, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
March 2, 2016 AZ HB 2599 Establishes Provisions that Prohibit Certain Organizations from Receiving State or Federal Funding Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
March 2, 2016 MS SB 2238 Prohibits the Appropriation of Funds to Planned Parenthood Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 17)
Feb. 26, 2016 MS HB 1116 Increases Identification Requirements for Medicaid Bill Passed - House (76 - 40)
Feb. 26, 2016 WA SB 6246 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
Feb. 26, 2016 UT HB 86 Amends Postretirement Reemployment Provisions Bill Passed - House (45 - 28)
Feb. 25, 2016 AL SB 125 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 10)
Feb. 25, 2016 WA HB 2376 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
Feb. 18, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
Feb. 16, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 16, 2016 VA HB 1090 Rescinds Funds from Certain Abortion Clinics Bill Passed - House (64 - 35)
Feb. 11, 2016 FL HB 5001 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (85 - 29)
Feb. 10, 2016 National HR 3293 Scientific Research in the National Interest Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 178)
Feb. 6, 2016 NM HB 2 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (38 - 31)
Feb. 6, 2016 NM HB 2 2016-2017 Budget Bill Passed - House (38 - 31)
Feb. 2, 2016 National HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Veto Override Failed - House (241 - 186)
Feb. 2, 2016 National HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Veto Override Failed - House (241 - 186)
Feb. 2, 2016 KY SB 7 Prohibits Appropriation of Local Funds for Certain Family Planning Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
Feb. 2, 2016 IN HB 1001 Increases Taxes and Appropriates Funds for Infrastructure Projects Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
Jan. 29, 2016 UT SB 39 Authorizes Medicaid Coverage for Adult Dental Services Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 0)
Jan. 28, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
Jan. 27, 2016 OH HB 294 Prohibits the Use of Public Funds for Certain Abortion Services Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
Jan. 25, 2016 WA HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Jan. 20, 2016 WI AB 310 Prohibits a Public Entity from Distributing Certain Funds to Abortion Clinics Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
Jan. 20, 2016 National HR 4038 American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43)
Jan. 6, 2016 National HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 181)
Jan. 6, 2016 National HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 181)

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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