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Key Votes

2018 All Minors and Children Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
June 27, 2018 OH HB 511 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage Bill Passed - House (90 - 2)
June 21, 2018 NJ S 2711 Requires Child Abuse Training for Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
May 9, 2018 CT HB 5170 Authorizes Schools to Search Student Cell Phones Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 7, 2018 CA AB 2741 Limits Amount of Opioids that can be Prescribed to Minors Bill Passed - House (58 - 0)
May 3, 2018 KS SB 284 Authorizes Child Placement Agencies to Deny Service Based on Religion Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 15)
May 3, 2018 KS SB 284 Authorizes Child Placement Agencies to Deny Service Based on Religion Conference Report Adopted - House (63 - 58)
May 3, 2018 OK SB 1140 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - House (57 - 24)
April 25, 2018 RI S 2353 Requires Educators to Report Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
April 19, 2018 VT S 103 Requires Regulations of Toxic Substances in Products Veto Override Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
April 19, 2018 DE HB 337 Prohibits Underage Marriage Bill Passed - House (23 - 11)
April 11, 2018 OH SB 82 Requires Schools to Contact Parents for Unexcused Absences Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 0)
April 9, 2018 CA AB 1976 Amends Lactation Accommodation Requirements Bill Passed - House (57 - 1)
April 4, 2018 TN HB 2331 Requires Schools to Report on Use of Corporal Punishment Bill Passed - House (80 - 1)
April 3, 2018 RI S 2299 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
March 21, 2018 National HR 1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
March 13, 2018 OK SB 1140 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 9)
Feb. 27, 2018 National HR 1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (388 - 25)
Feb. 7, 2018 UT SB 65 Amends Definition of Child Neglect Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
Feb. 5, 2018 VA SB 168 Reduces Penalties for Minors Charged with Sexting Offenses Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 5)
Feb. 1, 2018 MD SB 120 Authorizes Mutual-Consent Divorce for Parents without Year Separation Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
Jan. 30, 2018 AL HB 26 Prohibits Smoking Tobacco in Cars where a Minor is Present Bill Passed - House (41 - 30)
Jan. 26, 2018 UT SB 65 Amends Definition of Child Neglect Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 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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