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2017 Rhode Island Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
June 29, 2017 RI S 175A Prohibits Driving While Talking on Handheld Devices Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
June 26, 2017 RI H 5531A Authorizes License Plate Image Capture to Verify Insurance Status Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
June 26, 2017 RI H 5280A Requires More State Contracts for Veteran-Owned Businesses Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
June 22, 2017 RI H 5175A Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2018 Bill Passed - House (64 - 11)
June 15, 2017 RI S 237A Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Juveniles with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
June 14, 2017 RI S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - House (72 - 0)
May 31, 2017 RI H 5702A Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMV Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
May 17, 2017 RI H 5457A Requires Parents to Take Course in Driver's Education Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
May 11, 2017 RI S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
Jan. 31, 2017 RI HB 5098 Exempts University Researchers from Public Records Requests Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)

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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