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2019 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Oct. 31, 2019 National HR 823 Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act Bill Passed - House (227 - 182)
Oct. 30, 2019 IL HB 3888 Prohibits the Use of Ethylene Oxide by 2023 Bill Passed - House (60 - 47)
Oct. 17, 2019 National S J Res 53 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations" Bill Failed - Senate (41 - 53)
Sept. 25, 2019 PA HB 1410 Authorizes Funds to Remove PFAS from Drinking Water Bill Passed - House (144 - 54)
Sept. 18, 2019 NH HB 582 Establishes a Greenhouse Gas Rebate Program Veto Override Failed - House (221 - 157)
Sept. 13, 2019 CA AB 792 Increases Recycled Plastics Percentages Used in Plastic Beverage Bottles Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
Sept. 13, 2019 CA SB 1 Rescinds Federal Freeze of Environmental Deregulations Bill Passed - House (48 - 22)
Sept. 12, 2019 National HR 1146 Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act Bill Passed - House (225 - 193)
Sept. 11, 2019 CA SB 8 Prohibits Smoking at Public Parks and Beaches Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
Sept. 11, 2019 CA AB 936 Amends Environmental Protections Relating to Heavy Crude Oils Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
Sept. 11, 2019 National HR 1941 Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act Bill Passed - House (238 - 189)
Sept. 10, 2019 NC SB 553 Establishes the Regulatory Reform Act of 2019 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (32 - 14)
Sept. 10, 2019 CA SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
Sept. 5, 2019 CA AB 1162 Prohibits Single-Use Plastics for Personal Care Products at Lodging Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Aug. 29, 2019 NC SB 553 Establishes the Regulatory Reform Act of 2019 Conference Report Adopted - House (78 - 31)
July 17, 2019 OH HB 6 Amends Clean Energy Standards Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 12)
July 11, 2019 CA SB 307 Prohibits Water Transfers from Desert Groundwater Basins Bill Passed - House (50 - 24)
July 8, 2019 CA AB 1054 Establishes Wildfire Victim Compensation Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
June 30, 2019 OR HB 2007 Reduces Number of Diesel Trucks Allowed in Specified Counties Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
June 27, 2019 NH HB 582 Establishes a Greenhouse Gas Rebate Program Conference Report Adopted - Senate (14 - 10)
June 27, 2019 NH HB 326 Expands Protections for Wetlands Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 8)
June 27, 2019 NJ A 3726 Requires Food Waste Recycling Programs Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
June 19, 2019 NY S 2000 Establishes Regulations for PFAS Chemicals in Food Containers Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 6)
June 18, 2019 OR SB 1044 Establishes Zero-Emission Vehicle Use Goals Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
June 18, 2019 NY S 6599 Increases Renewable Energy Goals Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 21)
June 17, 2019 ME LD 1691 Prohibits Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (75 - 67)
June 17, 2019 OR HB 2020 Establishes a Cap-and-Trade Program Bill Passed - House (36 - 24)
June 11, 2019 OR HB 2509 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 6, 2019 DE HB 130 Prohibits Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 8)
June 5, 2019 OR HB 2623 Establishes Temporary Ban on Fracking Concurrence Vote Passed - House (40 - 19)
June 5, 2019 National HR 1921 Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2019 Bill Passed - House (395 - 22)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1282 Establishes a "Green New Deal" Bill Passed - House (84 - 55)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 1532 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1532 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (91 - 52)
May 29, 2019 OR HB 2623 Establishes Temporary Ban on Fracking Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 11)
May 29, 2019 OR SB 90 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Straws at Restaurants Unless Asked For Bill Passed - House (48 - 12)
May 29, 2019 CA SB 210 Establishes a Smog-Check Program for Diesel Trucks Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
May 29, 2019 OH HB 6 Amends Clean Energy Standards Bill Passed - House (53 - 43)
May 29, 2019 CA AB 1162 Prohibits Single-Use Plastics for Personal Care Products at Lodging Establishments Bill Passed - House (50 - 24)
May 29, 2019 CA AB 1046 Increases Tax Rebates for Electric Vehicles Bill Passed - House (55 - 21)
May 29, 2019 CA SB 54 Requires Single-Use Plastics be made from Recyclable Materials Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
May 29, 2019 CA SB 1 Rescinds Federal Freeze of Environmental Deregulations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
May 29, 2019 CA AB 134 Establishes a Safe Drinking Water Fund Bill Passed - House (59 - 0)
May 28, 2019 CT HB 7083 Requires Climate Change Education in School Curriculum Bill Passed - House (102 - 44)
May 28, 2019 CA SB 43 Establishes the Feasibility and Practicality of Assessing the Carbon Intensity of Retail Products Subject to the Sales and Use Tax Law Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
May 27, 2019 AZ HB 2753 Authorizes Environmental State Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
May 27, 2019 IL SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - House (77 - 35)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 12)
May 26, 2019 TX HB 3557 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Conference Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
May 24, 2019 AZ HB 2753 Authorizes Environmental State Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
May 24, 2019 CA AB 936 Amends Environmental Protections Relating to Heavy Crude Oils Bill Passed - House (45 - 19)
May 23, 2019 CA AB 161 Prohibits Paper Receipts Bill Passed - House (43 - 24)
May 23, 2019 CA AB 792 Increases Recycled Plastics Percentages Used in Plastic Beverage Bottles Bill Passed - House (50 - 15)
May 21, 2019 CA SB 307 Prohibits Water Transfers from Desert Groundwater Basins Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 11)
May 14, 2019 DE HB 130 Prohibits Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (33 - 7)
May 13, 2019 NE LB 155 Amends Eminent Domain Provisions to Apply to Renewable Energy Generation Facilities Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 0)
May 9, 2019 IL SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
May 2, 2019 National HR 9 Climate Action Now Act Bill Passed - House (231 - 190)
May 1, 2019 CO HB 19-1261 Authorizes Regulations on Greenhouse Gases Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 24)
May 1, 2019 CO HB 19-1261 Authorizes Regulations on Greenhouse Gases Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
April 30, 2019 FL HB 771 Prohibits Municipal Governments from Prohibiting Plastic Straws Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
April 27, 2019 WA SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
April 27, 2019 WA HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 25, 2019 ME LD 289 Prohibits Use of Foam Containers Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
April 25, 2019 FL HB 771 Prohibits Municipal Governments from Prohibiting Plastic Straws Bill Passed - House (87 - 23)
April 25, 2019 WA SB 5993 Increases the State Hazardous Substance Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 25, 2019 WA HB 1652 Establishes a Paint Stewardship Program Bill Passed - House (62 - 35)
April 22, 2019 WA SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 19, 2019 ND HB 1383 Establishes an Environmental Impact Mitigation Fund Conference Report Adopted - House (72 - 19)
April 19, 2019 WA SB 5001 Authorizes Composting of Human Remains Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 11)
April 18, 2019 WA HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 35)
April 18, 2019 IA SF 548 Amends Land Purchase Regulations for Water Quality Testing Bill Passed - House (52 - 44)
April 15, 2019 WA SB 5135 Authorizes the Department of Ecology to Ban Certain Chemicals in Consumer Products Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
April 12, 2019 WA HB 1578 Requires Tug Boat Escorts for Certain Oil Barges Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
April 11, 2019 WA SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
April 11, 2019 FL HB 521 Authorizes Mitigation of Conservation Lands by Municipal Governments Bill Passed - House (72 - 42)
April 11, 2019 OR SB 90 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Straws at Restaurants Unless Asked For Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
April 8, 2019 TN SB 923 Authorizes Recycling of Plastic Using Pyrolysis Bill Passed - House (75 - 16)
April 5, 2019 MD HB 298 Establishes Oyster Sanctuaries Veto Override Passed - House (96 - 43)
April 5, 2019 MD SB 285 Prohibits Use of Foam Containers Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 13)
April 4, 2019 ME LD 289 Prohibits Use of Foam Containers Bill Passed - House (87 - 51)
April 3, 2019 CO SB 19-181 Amends Local Environmental Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
April 2, 2019 MD SB 516 Establishes Renewable Energy Standards and Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 15)
April 1, 2019 MD SB 516 Establishes Renewable Energy Standards and Plan Bill Passed - House (95 - 41)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (103 - 45)
March 31, 2019 NY S 1508 Prohibits Retail Stores from Using Plastic Bags Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
March 26, 2019 MD HB 298 Establishes Oyster Sanctuaries Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
March 26, 2019 National S J Res 8 A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
March 25, 2019 ND SB 2044 Increases Penalties for Pipeline Protesting Bill Passed - House (76 - 14)
March 25, 2019 TN HB 1021 Prohibits Local Governments from Regulating, Restricting, or Banning Auxiliary Containers Bill Passed - House (69 - 21)
March 20, 2019 IA SF 548 Amends Land Purchase Regulations for Water Quality Testing Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
March 19, 2019 NH HB 558 Prohibits Restaurant Use of Plastic Straws Unless Specifically Requested Bill Passed - House (196 - 146)
March 19, 2019 NH HB 560 Prohibits Single-Use Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (201 - 145)
March 13, 2019 UT HB 353 Establishes the "Reduction of Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips Pilot Program" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (44 - 30)
March 13, 2019 CO SB 19-181 Amends Local Environmental Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
March 12, 2019 NM SB 489 Authorizes State Investment in Renewable Energies Bill Passed - House (43 - 22)
March 6, 2019 NM SB 489 Authorizes State Investment in Renewable Energies Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 9)
March 5, 2019 MD SB 285 Prohibits Use of Foam Containers Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
March 5, 2019 HI SB 522 Prohibits Certain Plastics Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 1)
March 1, 2019 WA SB 5116 Increases State Clean Energy Efforts to be 100 Percent Carbon Free by 2045 Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 19)
Feb. 28, 2019 National PN 22 Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (52 - 47)
Feb. 27, 2019 National PN 22 Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency Cloture Invoked - Senate (52 - 46)
Feb. 25, 2019 IN SB 553 Authorizes Public Use of Shore of Lake Michigan Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Feb. 22, 2019 UT HB 220 Authorizes the Disposal of Certain Types of Radioactive Waste in Utah Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 20)
Feb. 19, 2019 OR SB 256 Prohibits Oil and Gas Exploration In Coastal Waters Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 6)
Feb. 12, 2019 National S 47 Natural Resources Management Act Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 8)
Jan. 11, 2019 National HR 266 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 Bill Passed - House (240 - 179)

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

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