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2019 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Nov. 21, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Nov. 19, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Concurrence Vote Passed - House (161 - 37)
Nov. 13, 2019 OH HB 164 Authorizes Religious Expression in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (61 - 31)
Oct. 31, 2019 NC SB 354 Increases Pay for Public School Teachers and Personnel Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
Oct. 31, 2019 NC SB 354 Increases Pay for Public School Teachers and Personnel Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 46)
Oct. 30, 2019 NC HB 377 Increases State Teacher Pay Concurrence Vote Passed - House (61 - 49)
Oct. 29, 2019 NC SB 522 Amends the Innovative School District (ISD) Program Conference Report Adopted - Senate (33 - 16)
Oct. 29, 2019 NC SB 522 Amends the Innovative School District (ISD) Program Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 48)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
Oct. 24, 2019 NC HB 377 Increases State Teacher Pay Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
Oct. 23, 2019 OH SB 26 Repeals the Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 1)
Oct. 23, 2019 PA HB 49 Authorizes School Police to Make Arrests Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
Oct. 2, 2019 OH HB 123 Requires Annual Suicide Prevention Classes for Public Middle and High Schools Bill Passed - House (85 - 7)
Sept. 19, 2019 MI HB 4242 Establishes K-12 Education Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 17)
Sept. 14, 2019 CA SB 328 Requires Later Start Times for Middle and High Schools Bill Passed - House (44 - 20)
Sept. 9, 2019 CA AB 1505 Establishes Public Oversight for Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
Sept. 5, 2019 CA AB 197 Requires Schools To Offer A Full-day Kindergarten Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 9)
Sept. 3, 2019 CA AB 624 Requires Listing a Sexual Assault Hotline and Reproductive Health Care Telephone Numbers on Student Identification Cards Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 11)
Aug. 30, 2019 CA SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 7)
Aug. 26, 2019 CA SB 223 Authorizes Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses Bill Passed - House (43 - 22)
Aug. 12, 2019 CA AB 711 Authorizes High School Document Name Changes Regarding Gender Identity Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 0)
June 28, 2019 PA HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Concurrence Vote Passed - House (160 - 39)
June 27, 2019 PA HB 1615 Expands Tax Credit Education Scholarships Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 13)
June 27, 2019 NJ S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
June 27, 2019 PA SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - House (116 - 83)
June 24, 2019 WV HB 206 Authorizes the Creation of Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
June 20, 2019 NY A 6787 Prohibits Use of Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools Bill Passed - House (128 - 19)
June 19, 2019 WV HB 206 Authorizes the Creation of Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (51 - 47)
June 18, 2019 WI AB 110 Requires State Published Dyslexia Guidebooks in Public Schools Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
June 13, 2019 NY A 2371 Prohibits Exemption from Vaccinations Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 26)
June 13, 2019 ME LD 1820 Amends School Investigation Regulations Bill Passed - House (91 - 50)
June 11, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
June 11, 2019 PA SB 621 Authorizes Schools to Arm Security Guards Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
June 5, 2019 NH SB 263 Prohibits Discrimination in Public Schools "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (211 - 141)
May 31, 2019 AL HB 77 Expands Retirement Benefits for Public School Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 4)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
May 30, 2019 ME LD 1050 Requires Education About African American History and the History of Genocide "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (87 - 54)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 254 Reduces Class Sizes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 32)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
May 29, 2019 ME LD 307 Limits the Number of Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 28, 2019 ME LD 307 Limits the Number of Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 59)
May 28, 2019 CA AB 493 Specifies Biennial LGBTQ Teacher Training be Encouraged Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
May 27, 2019 AZ HB 2749 Appropriates Funds for K-12 Education for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
May 25, 2019 AZ HB 2749 Appropriates Funds for K-12 Education for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 (31 - 28)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 14)
May 23, 2019 OR HB 2023 Requires Inclusive Education on Certain Classifications of Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 5)
May 23, 2019 ME LD 798 Prohibits Non-Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 22, 2019 OR HB 2191 Expands Reasons for School Absences to Include Mental and Behavioral Health Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 6)
May 21, 2019 ME LD 513 Limits Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
May 17, 2019 MO HB 604 Authorizes Funding to Under-performing Schools Bill Passed - House (116 - 25)
May 14, 2019 ME LD 513 Limits Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (87 - 53)
May 8, 2019 TX HB 1387 Authorizes Law Enforcement Officers to Carry on School Property Bill Passed - House (97 - 46)
May 7, 2019 ME LD 502 Establishes the "Summer Success" Pilot Program Fund "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (87 - 53)
May 7, 2019 PA HB 800 Increases Amount of Tax Credits Available for Students to Attend the School of Their Choice Bill Passed - House (111 - 85)
May 6, 2019 OR HB 3063 Prohibits All Religious and Philosophical Vaccination Exemptions Bill Passed - House (35 - 25)
May 3, 2019 CO HB 19-1032 Amends Sex Education Standards Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
May 1, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 14)
May 1, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Conference Report Adopted - House (51 - 46)
May 1, 2019 MI HB 4206 Authorizes Four Built-In Snow Days for Public Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 53)
May 1, 2019 FL SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
May 1, 2019 MN HF 2400 Appropriates Funds for Education Finance Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 30)
May 1, 2019 OH HB 154 Repeals Use of Academic Distress Commissions Bill Passed - House (83 - 12)
April 27, 2019 CO HB 19-1312 Requires Waivers from Parents Wanting to Exempt their Children from Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (39 - 20)
April 23, 2019 FL SB 7030 Authorizes Firearms on School Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 17)
April 23, 2019 TN HB 939 Authorizes Education Savings Account Vouchers Bill Passed - House (50 - 48)
April 23, 2019 MN HF 2400 Appropriates Funds for Education Finance Bill Passed - House (78 - 55)
April 23, 2019 ME LD 798 Prohibits Non-Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations Bill Passed - House (78 - 59)
April 16, 2019 IN HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 14)
April 16, 2019 TX HB 455 Establishes Standards for Public School Recess Bill Passed - House (95 - 48)
April 12, 2019 IL HB 2263 Requires "Work Ethic" Curriculum Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1873 Increases Fines for Drivers Who Pass School Buses Bill Passed - House (74 - 16)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
April 10, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 9, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
April 4, 2019 KS SB 16 Appropriates Additional $90 Million for Public Education Conference Report Adopted - House (76 - 47)
April 2, 2019 ND HB 1332 Authorizes Schools to Develop a Plan for an Armed First Responder Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 15)
April 2, 2019 GA SB 15 Requires Schools to Perform Certain Threat Assessments Bill Passed - House (110 - 56)
March 29, 2019 MD SB 128 Authorizes Regulation of School Calendars Veto Override Passed - House (93 - 43)
March 29, 2019 ND HB 1346 Amends State K-12 School Year Calendar Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 0)
March 29, 2019 ND HB 1332 Authorizes Schools to Develop a Plan for an Armed First Responder Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 14)
March 28, 2019 MD SB 128 Authorizes Regulation of School Calendars Veto Override Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
March 26, 2019 GA HB 83 Requires Recess for Students in Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 4)
March 26, 2019 GA SB 83 Authorizes Biblical Classes be Taught in High Schools Bill Passed - House (122 - 44)
March 25, 2019 MO HB 267 Authorizes Public Schools to Offer Bible Courses Bill Passed - House (95 - 52)
March 21, 2019 AL SB 119 Repeals Common Core Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 7)
March 13, 2019 OK HB 2336 Authorizes Handguns on the Premises of Schools Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
March 12, 2019 OR SB 664 Requires School Districts to Teach About the Holocaust and Genocide Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 7, 2019 UT SB 149 Establishes the Teacher and Student Success Program Bill Passed - House (61 - 11)
March 7, 2019 GA HB 444 Limits State Funding for Dual Enrollment Bill Passed - House (99 - 72)
March 6, 2019 MO HB 161 Prohibits Schools from Enacting Early Start Dates in the Fall Bill Passed - House (86 - 64)
March 6, 2019 SC H 3759 Increases Teacher Pay Bill Passed - House (113 - 4)
March 6, 2019 ID H 209 Authorizes Warrant-less Arrests for Individuals Responsible for School Threats Bill Passed - House (47 - 22)
Feb. 28, 2019 AR HB 1419 Requires Public Schools To Allow Enrollment In Individual Classes For Homeschooled Students Bill Passed - House (55 - 27)
Feb. 27, 2019 WA SB 5395 Establishes K-12 Sexual Health Education Programs in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
Feb. 26, 2019 NJ S 692 Prohibits the Department of Education from Establishing Maximum Salaries for Superintendents Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 15)
Feb. 21, 2019 NJ S 3381 Authorizes Graduation Proficiency Tests to High School Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
Feb. 19, 2019 CO HB 19-1032 Amends Sex Education Standards Bill Passed - House (39 - 23)
Feb. 18, 2019 IN HB 1253 Authorizes Firearm Training for Teachers and School Staff Bill Passed - House (72 - 25)
Feb. 12, 2019 MD SB 128 Authorizes Regulation of School Calendars Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 13)
Feb. 12, 2019 SD HB 1108 Prohibits Gender Dysphoria Sex Education from Kindergarten through Grade 7 Bill Passed - House (39 - 30)
Feb. 11, 2019 IA HF 306 Increases School Funding by 2 Percent Bill Passed - House (53 - 47)
Feb. 5, 2019 VA HB 2384 Prohibits Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products at Public Schools Bill Passed - House (83 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2019 VA SB 1502 Requires School Boards to Offer Classes on the Bible Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 18)
Feb. 4, 2019 WV SB 451 Amends Certain Education Laws and Programs Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 16)
Jan. 24, 2019 IN SB 132 Requires Citizenship Test Prior to High School Graduation Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)

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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
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