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Key Votes

2017 All Crime Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
May 9, 2017 DE HB 125 Authorizes Capital Punishment Bill Passed - House (26 - 16)
April 26, 2017 LA SB 16 Provides Parole Eligibility to Juveniles Sentenced to Life in Prison Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 13)
April 20, 2017 WA SB 5037 Classifies 4th DUI as a Felony Bill Passed - House (85 - 11)
April 17, 2017 ND HB 1221 Establishes Protective Measures of Drug Informants Conference Report Adopted - House (90 - 0)
April 12, 2017 VT HB 492 Establishes a Board for Racial Justice in Policing Bill Passed - House (120 - 25)
April 10, 2017 AZ HB 2477 Requires Prosecutors to Provide Evidence before Seizing Property Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 1)
April 10, 2017 TN HB 109 Amends Marijuana Possession Laws Bill Failed - House (44 - 45)
April 5, 2017 AZ SB 1366 Establishes Stricter Penalties for Assaulting Off-Duty Police Officers Bill Passed - House (34 - 25)
April 4, 2017 AL SB 16 Prohibits Judicial Override of Sentencing Decisions Bill Passed - House (78 - 19)
April 4, 2017 TX SB 576 Establishes Reporting Standards for Sexual Assault on College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
March 28, 2017 MS HB 638 Authorizes Alternative Methods of Execution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (41 - 10)
March 28, 2017 MN SF 803 Appropriates Funds to Various Agencies Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 15)
March 27, 2017 TN HB 173 Prohibits Local Government from Enacting Drug-Related Sanctions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 5)
March 26, 2017 MS HB 638 Authorizes Alternative Methods of Execution Conference Report Adopted - House (78 - 43)
March 23, 2017 VT S 96 Establishes Protections For Journalists Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 0)
March 22, 2017 VT HB 422 Requires Law Enforcement to Remove Firearms from the Scene of an Alleged Domestic Assault Bill Passed - House (78 - 60)
March 15, 2017 FL SB 128 Authorizes Immunity for Self-Defense Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
March 7, 2017 KY HB 14 Classifies First-Responders as a Protected Class Under Hate Crimes Law Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
March 2, 2017 MS HB 638 Authorizes Alternative Methods of Execution Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 13)
March 2, 2017 ID HB 202 Amends Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
March 2, 2017 WA SB 5223 Prohibits Localities from Permitting Heroin Injection Sites Bill Passed - Senate
March 1, 2017 GA HB 51 Classifies University Staff as Mandated Reporters Bill Passed - House (115 - 55)
Feb. 22, 2017 AZ SB 1142 Classifies Rioting as a Type of Racketeering Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
Feb. 22, 2017 AZ SB 1350 Revises Arizona Statutes Related to Terrorism Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 2)
Feb. 17, 2017 UT HB 200 Requires Timely Testing of Rape Kits Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
Feb. 16, 2017 MO HB 57 Requires Increased Penalties for Assault on Law Enforcement Officers Bill Passed - House (120 - 35)
Feb. 8, 2017 MS HB 638 Authorizes Alternative Methods of Execution Bill Passed - House (74 - 44)
Feb. 6, 2017 ND HB 1426 Classifies Riots Involving More than 100 Individuals as a Class B Felony Bill Passed - House (63 - 27)
Feb. 6, 2017 MS 645 Classifies Killing of First Responders as First-Degree Murder Bill Passed - House (85 - 31)
Feb. 6, 2017 ND HB 1193 Classifies Economic Harm as a Class C Felony Bill Passed - House (72 - 19)
Feb. 6, 2017 ND HB 1293 Authorizes Law Enforcement to Issue Citations for Trespassing Bill Passed - House (85 - 6)
Feb. 6, 2017 ND HB 1304 Prohibits Wearing a Mask During the Commission of a Crime Bill Passed - House (69 - 22)
Feb. 3, 2017 VA HB 1852 Authorizes Individual Issued Protective Order to Carry A Concealed Handgun. (64 - 31)
Feb. 2, 2017 MI SB 8 Amends Parole Programs and Procedures Bill Passed - House (35 - 0)
Jan. 26, 2017 MS 2469 Classifies the Targeting of Law Enforcement as a Hate Crime Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
Jan. 19, 2017 MT SB 29 Defines Consent and Aggravated Sexual Assault Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 0)
Jan. 19, 2017 MT 26 Reduces Penalty for Non-Violent Sexual Assault Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 12)

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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