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Key Votes

2017 All Marriage, Family, and Children Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
May 2, 2017 NE LB 427 Requires Schools to Accommodate Pregnant and Parenting Students Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
April 11, 2017 TX SB 75 Requires Parental Consent for Minors to Join Labor Unions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
March 21, 2017 TX SB 25 Prohibits Wrongful Birth Lawsuits (21 - 9)
March 16, 2017 AL HB 24 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - House (60 - 14)
March 13, 2017 NJ A 3091 Prohibits Marriage for Individuals Under 18 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 5)
Feb. 22, 2017 SD SB 149 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
Jan. 19, 2017 MT SB 22 Authorizes Termination of Parental Rights in Cases of Sexual Assault Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 0)

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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