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2017 Pennsylvania Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Sept. 26, 2017 PA HB 171 Authorizes Any Registered Vote to be Appointed a Poll Watcher Bill Passed - House (106 - 91)
Sept. 13, 2017 PA HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (103 - 91)
July 27, 2017 PA HB 453 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
July 9, 2017 PA HB 97 Authorizes Budget Cuts for Low-Performing Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
June 30, 2017 PA HB 218 Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
June 28, 2017 PA SB 383 Authorizes Teachers to Carry Firearms on School Property Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
May 24, 2017 PA HB 271 Establishes Internet Gambling Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12)
May 10, 2017 PA SB 560 Establishes Provisions for Police Use of Body Cameras Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
April 26, 2017 PA HB 671 Specifies State Gun Laws Supersede Local Ordinances Bill Passed - House (134 - 53)
April 25, 2017 PA HB 97 Prohibits Failing Students from Continuing Online Charter School Bill Passed - House (108 - 84)
April 25, 2017 PA HB 1071 Prohibits Bans, Fees, and Taxes on Recyclable Plastic Bags Bill Passed - House (102 - 87)
April 5, 2017 PA HB 741 Reinstates Mandatory Minimum Sentences Bill Passed - House (122 - 67)
April 4, 2017 PA HB 271 Establishes Internet Gambling Regulations Bill Passed - House (142 - 56)
April 4, 2017 PA HB 218 Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Bill Passed - House (144 - 84)

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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