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Key Votes

2018 All Government Operations Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Sept. 27, 2018 NJ A 3312 Requires State Legislature to Maintain Sexual Harassment Policy Bill Passed - House (79 - 0)
June 13, 2018 NC HB 1055 Amends Pension Benefit Regulations Bill Passed - House (81 - 34)
May 17, 2018 RI H 8042 Requires Publicizing Financial Records of Government Officials Bill Passed - House (61 - 7)
May 8, 2018 MO SB 743 Amends Open Records Laws Bill Passed - House (85 - 59)
May 2, 2018 IL SB 2213 Requires State Agencies to Adhere to Federal Regulations as of 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 21)
April 11, 2018 MO SJR 27 Prohibits Lobbyist Gifts to Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
Feb. 28, 2018 MS SB 2295 Transfer Exclusive Jurisdiction of Utility Matters to Public Service Commission Bill Passed - House (90 - 26)
Feb. 23, 2018 WA SB 6617 Exempts Legislators from Public Records Law Bill Passed - House (83 - 14)
Feb. 23, 2018 WA SB 6617 Exempts Legislators from Public Records Law Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 7)

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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