How to find voting records online
During its journey through the legislative process, a legislative bill is voted on many times by legislators. Committee statements and the Legislative Journal contain records of legislative votes.
In order for a bill to be sent to the entire Legislature, committee members must vote to advance the bill to general file. Alternately, they may vote to indefinitely postpone the bill, which suspends all further activity against it. Votes on motions to advance and indefinitely postpone are available in the bill's committee statement.
Finding a committee vote
- To view a bill's committee statement, enter the bill number in the Bill Finder.
- Click on "Committee Statement," if one is available.
- The results of the roll call vote on the bill are available at the top of the first page of the document.
- Generally, if a committee statement is not available on a bill (if there is no Committee Statement link available), then the committee has not taken action on the bill or has not officially reported the bill to the legislative floor.
During the floor consideration of legislative bills, votes are taken relating to proposed amendments, proposed procedural motions and the advancement of the bill from one stage of floor debate to the next.
A record of every vote is noted in the Legislative Journal. The following types of votes include a record of how each senator voted:
- Votes on the final reading of legislative bills and resolutions.
- Votes on a proposed override of a gubernatorial veto.
- Votes on the legislative confirmation of gubernatorial appointments.
- Roll call votes taken when the house is under call.
- Record votes as requested by individual senators.
For other votes, the total number of those voting "aye" and those voting "no" are given.
Finding a floor vote
- To find the page that records a particular vote, enter the bill number in which you are interested in the Bill Finder.
- Click on "Bill Status" to view the actions taken on the bill.
- The numbers in the "Journal Page" column indicate the journal page on which the vote is recorded. The "Month" and "Year" columns on the left-hand side indicate the session in which the vote took place.
- Visit the main Legislative Journal page. Select the appropriate legislative session according to when the vote in which you are interested took place.
- Select the daily Journal containing the page(s) detailing the vote you are seeking.
- Scroll through the Journal until you find the page number on which the vote is listed.