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Key Votes

2018 All Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Oct. 17, 2018 PA SB 554 Establishes Protections for Juvenile Human Trafficking Victims Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 0)
Aug. 30, 2018 ME LD 1920 Amends Expungement Requirements for Records under Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)
Aug. 21, 2018 CA SB 1192 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Aug. 16, 2018 CA SB 1192 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - House (46 - 26)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 318 Requires New Training Guidelines for School Resource Officers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 20)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 540 Amends Teacher Evaluation Process Bill Passed - House (91 - 2)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 511 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage Bill Passed - House (90 - 2)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 511 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage Bill Passed - House (90 - 2)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 36 Exempts Licensed Ministers From Preforming Marriage Ceremonies Against Religious Beliefs Bill Passed - House (61 - 30)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 4110 Requires Seat Belts on School Buses Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 21, 2018 NJ S 2711 Requires Child Abuse Training for Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
June 20, 2018 OH HB 383 Amends Various Child Care Safety Regulations Bill Passed - House (91 - 2)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 366 Updates Child Support Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 366 Updates Child Support Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 0)
June 7, 2018 NJ S 427 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage to 18 Bill Passed - House (59 - 0)
May 30, 2018 IL SB 3489 Amends the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act. Bill Passed - House (73 - 42)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 874 Increases Penalties for Failing to Report Child Abuse or Neglect Bill Passed - House (107 - 2)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 880 Increases Penalty for Not Reporting Child Abuse Bill Passed - House (108 - 1)
May 24, 2018 IL HB 5599 Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 17)
May 24, 2018 IL HB 4965 Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 15)
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)
May 3, 2018 OK SB 1140 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - House (57 - 24)
April 26, 2018 IL HB 5599 Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code Bill Passed - House (75 - 31)
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 19, 2018 DE HB 337 Prohibits Underage Marriage Bill Passed - House (23 - 11)
April 12, 2018 TN HB 849 Authorizes GPS Monitoring for Domestic Abuse Defendants Concurrence Vote Passed - House (85 - 5)
April 12, 2018 MI HB 4891 Authorizes Parents to Monitor Child's Communications Bill Passed - House (105 - 3)
April 12, 2018 NJ S 427 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage to 18 (30 - 5)
April 11, 2018 OH HB 318 Requires New Training Guidelines for School Resource Officers Bill Passed - House (92 - 2)
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)
April 2, 2018 TN SB 1796 Establishes Process to Remove Domestic Abusers from Cell Phone Plans Bill Passed - House (94 - 0)
March 28, 2018 AZ SB 1393 Authorizes Parents to Use Frozen Embryos after Divorce Bill Passed - House (33 - 25)
March 22, 2018 NH HB 628 Requires Paid Family and Medical Leave "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (171 - 162)
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)
March 13, 2018 OK SB 1140 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 9)
March 12, 2018 ID H 448 Amends Indecent Exposure Laws Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 0)
March 6, 2018 IN HB 1203 Amends Fertility Clinic Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Feb. 27, 2018 WA SB 6037 Authorizes Financial Compensation of Surrogates Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
Feb. 27, 2018 National HR 1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (388 - 25)
Feb. 23, 2018 GA SB 375 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
Feb. 22, 2018 OR HB 4145 Prohibits Convicted Stalkers from Possessing Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 13)
Feb. 22, 2018 AZ SB 1393 Authorizes Parents to Use Frozen Embryos after Divorce Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 12)
Feb. 19, 2018 MO HB 1630 Increases Minimum Age for Marriage to 16 Bill Passed - House (95 - 50)
Feb. 15, 2018 OR HB 4145 Prohibits Convicted Stalkers from Possessing Firearms Bill Passed - House (37 - 23)
Feb. 14, 2018 SD HB 1106 Authorizes Hunting Preference Points to be Granted to Individuals age 10 Years or Older Bill Passed - House (54 - 10)
Feb. 8, 2018 NH HB 628 Requires Paid Family and Medical Leave "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (186 - 164)
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)
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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