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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 18, 2007 National HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (76 - 17)
Dec. 17, 2007 National HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (206 - 201)
Dec. 13, 2007 MI HB 5375 Promise Zones Bill Passed - House (71 - 34)
Nov. 20, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 33)
Nov. 19, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
Nov. 14, 2007 National HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House (381 - 36)
Nov. 13, 2007 MD HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (103 - 36)
Nov. 8, 2007 WI SB 299 School Tax Credit Formula Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Nov. 8, 2007 MI HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
Oct. 30, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4346 2007-2008 Department of Education Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 16)
Oct. 30, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4360 2007-2008 Community College and Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 2)
Oct. 30, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4359 2007-2008 Public School Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (104 - 5)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4350 2007-2008 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 22)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI SB 231 2007-2008 Department of Art, History, and Library Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (102 - 7)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI SB 231 2007-2008 Department of Art, History, and Library Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 2)
Oct. 29, 2007 MI S Sub for Sub HB 4360 2007-2008 Community College and Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (95 - 14)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
Oct. 23, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
Oct. 11, 2007 IL SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - House (74 - 37)
Oct. 3, 2007 IL SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (65 - 44)
Oct. 1, 2007 MI H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
Sept. 23, 2007 MI Sub SB 237 2007-2008 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
Sept. 18, 2007 IL HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
Sept. 18, 2007 WI AB 506 2007-2009 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (70 - 27)
Sept. 7, 2007 National HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - House (292 - 97)
Sept. 7, 2007 National HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 12)
Aug. 23, 2007 MI Sub HB 4351 2007-2008 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 52)
Aug. 23, 2007 MI Sub HB 4350 2006-2007 Higher Education Appropriations Bill Passed - House (59 - 50)
July 23, 2007 NC HB 1269 North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Grant Repeal Bill Passed - House (80 - 28)
July 20, 2007 National HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 18)
July 19, 2007 National HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
July 19, 2007 National HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
July 11, 2007 National HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - House (273 - 149)
July 10, 2007 WI AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
June 28, 2007 SC H 3124 Open Enrollment and School Choice Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 52)
June 27, 2007 NH HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Conference Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
June 27, 2007 NH HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Conference Report Adopted - House (205 - 115)
June 27, 2007 NH HB 1 208-2009 Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (211 - 146)
June 26, 2007 WI SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
June 26, 2007 MI Sub for SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
June 22, 2007 NH HB 1 208-2009 Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 8)
June 21, 2007 NJ S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 30)
June 21, 2007 NJ S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 20, 2007 SC H 3124 Open Enrollment and School Choice Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 49)
June 19, 2007 OH HB 119 2008-2009 Budget Concurrence Vote Failed - House (46 - 53)
June 19, 2007 AZ HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 21)
June 19, 2007 DE HA 4 Amendment to "Child's Victim Act"; State Immunity Bill Failed - House (17 - 24)
June 18, 2007 AZ HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
June 14, 2007 NH CACR 19 Constitutional Amendment Regarding Education Resolution Failed - Senate (14 - 10)
June 14, 2007 OR HB 2637 Cyberbullying Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
June 11, 2007 OR SB 392 Mandatory School Age Bill Failed - House (22 - 33)
June 7, 2007 CA SB 606 'No Child Left Behind' Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
June 6, 2007 ME HCA T Education Reform and School Consolidation Amendment Adopted - House (114 - 27)
June 6, 2007 NH HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
June 6, 2007 NH SB 18 Raising the Compulsory School Age Bill Passed - House (201 - 156)
June 4, 2007 NC CS HB 1473 2007-2008 Operating Budget Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 47)
June 1, 2007 CT HB 5656 Immigrants and Postsecondary Education Act Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
May 31, 2007 SC H 3124 Open Enrollment and Optional Programs Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
May 31, 2007 NE LB 653 Standard Academic Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
May 30, 2007 SC Amendment No. P-2B State Scholarships for Private Schools Amendment Tabled - Senate (29 - 15)
May 26, 2007 TX CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (107 - 28)
May 25, 2007 OR HB 2650 School Food Nutritional Standards Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
May 24, 2007 NE LB 641 School Property Tax and Learning Communities Bill Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
May 23, 2007 TX CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
May 22, 2007 AZ HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
May 19, 2007 MN HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 16)
May 17, 2007 CT HB 5656 Immigrants and Postsecondary Education Act Bill Passed - House (76 - 67)
May 17, 2007 MN HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - House (81 - 52)
May 16, 2007 WI AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
May 16, 2007 MN SF 653 Resident Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 20)
May 15, 2007 CT Sub HB 7350 In-School Suspensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (111 - 29)
May 9, 2007 CT Sub HB 7350 In-School Suspensions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
May 8, 2007 MN SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (44 - 21)
May 8, 2007 MN SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 46)
May 7, 2007 MO SS6 SCS SB 389 Higher Education Bill Passed - House (91 - 64)
May 4, 2007 MN SF 646 Cyber-Bullying Bill Passed - House (96 - 35)
May 2, 2007 FL CS SB 1710 State University Tuition Increase Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
May 1, 2007 CO SB 199 Education Funding and Property Tax Freeze Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
May 1, 2007 TX CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Bill Passed - House (121 - 10)
May 1, 2007 CO HB 1301 Cervical Cancer Immunization Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
April 30, 2007 KS Sub HB 2237 Maintenance for State Colleges and Universities Conference Report Adopted - House (102 - 20)
April 30, 2007 KS Sub HB 2237 Maintenance for State Colleges and Universities Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 8)
April 30, 2007 FL HB 7145 Private School Scholarship Program Expansion Act Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
April 27, 2007 CO SB 199 Education Funding and Property Tax Freeze Bill Passed - House (41 - 20)
April 27, 2007 IA HF 920 Univeristy Capital Improvement Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 27, 2007 FL CS SB 1710 State University Tuition Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
April 27, 2007 IA HF 920 Univeristy Capital Improvement Bonds Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
April 25, 2007 IA SF 588 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
April 25, 2007 FL CS HB 7189 Kidcare Eligibility Expansion Bill Passed - House (98 - 14)
April 24, 2007 NV SB 52 Governor Guinn Millennium Teaching Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
April 24, 2007 NV SB 415 Undocumented Students and State Financial Aid Act Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
April 23, 2007 IA SF 277 Teacher Pay and Incentive Programs Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 3)
April 20, 2007 ND SB 2046 Teachers’ Retirement Fund Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 27)
April 19, 2007 MN H Amendment Resident Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Rejected - House (61 - 71)
April 19, 2007 IA SF 277 Teacher Pay and Incentive Programs Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
April 19, 2007 MN SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - House (95 - 37)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/18 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (76 - 17)
12/17 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (206 - 201)
12/13 HB 5375 Promise Zones Bill Passed - House (71 - 34)
11/20 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
11/19 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House (100 - 33)
11/19 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 13)
11/14 HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House (381 - 36)
11/13 HB 1 2007-2008 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (103 - 36)
11/08 SB 299 School Tax Credit Formula Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
11/08 HB 5408 Michigan Business Tax Surcharge Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
10/30 S Sub for Sub HB 4346 2007-2008 Department of Education Funding Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 16)
10/30 S Sub for Sub HB 4360 2007-2008 Community College and Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 2)
10/30 S Sub for Sub HB 4359 2007-2008 Public School Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (104 - 5)
10/29 S Sub for Sub HB 4350 2007-2008 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (87 - 22)
10/29 SB 231 2007-2008 Department of Art, History, and Library Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (102 - 7)
10/29 SB 231 2007-2008 Department of Art, History, and Library Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 2)
10/29 S Sub for Sub HB 4360 2007-2008 Community College and Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (95 - 14)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (18 - 15)
10/23 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 39)
10/11 SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - House (74 - 37)
10/03 SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
10/01 H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
10/01 H Sub for S Sub SB 546 Public School Employee Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (65 - 44)
10/01 H Sub for Sub SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
9/23 Sub SB 237 2007-2008 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
9/18 HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
9/18 AB 506 2007-2009 Biennium Education Budget Bill Passed - House (70 - 27)
9/07 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - House (292 - 97)
9/07 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 12)
8/23 Sub HB 4351 2007-2008 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 52)
8/23 Sub HB 4350 2006-2007 Higher Education Appropriations Bill Passed - House (59 - 50)
7/23 HB 1269 North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Grant Repeal Bill Passed - House (80 - 28)
7/20 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 18)
7/19 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
7/19 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
7/11 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - House (273 - 149)
7/10 AS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
6/28 H 3124 Open Enrollment and School Choice Veto Override Failed - House (60 - 52)
6/27 HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Conference Report Adopted - Senate (15 - 9)
6/27 HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Conference Report Adopted - House (205 - 115)
6/27 HB 1 208-2009 Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (211 - 146)
6/26 SS SB 40 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 15)
6/26 Sub for SB 547 Public School Employee Retirement Plan Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 17)
6/22 HB 1 208-2009 Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (16 - 8)
6/21 S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 30)
6/21 S 3000 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
6/20 H 3124 Open Enrollment and School Choice Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 49)
6/19 HB 119 2008-2009 Budget Concurrence Vote Failed - House (46 - 53)
6/19 HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (38 - 21)
6/19 HA 4 Amendment to "Child's Victim Act"; State Immunity Bill Failed - House (17 - 24)
6/18 HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
6/14 CACR 19 Constitutional Amendment Regarding Education Resolution Failed - Senate (14 - 10)
6/14 HB 2637 Cyberbullying Ban Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 7)
6/11 SB 392 Mandatory School Age Bill Failed - House (22 - 33)
6/07 SB 606 'No Child Left Behind' Implementation Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 15)
6/06 HCA T Education Reform and School Consolidation Amendment Adopted - House (114 - 27)
6/06 HB 927 Adequate Education Definition Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
6/06 SB 18 Raising the Compulsory School Age Bill Passed - House (201 - 156)
6/04 CS HB 1473 2007-2008 Operating Budget Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 47)
6/01 HB 5656 Immigrants and Postsecondary Education Act Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
5/31 H 3124 Open Enrollment and Optional Programs Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
5/31 LB 653 Standard Academic Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 13)
5/30 Amendment No. P-2B State Scholarships for Private Schools Amendment Tabled - Senate (29 - 15)
5/26 CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - House (107 - 28)
5/25 HB 2650 School Food Nutritional Standards Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 5)
5/24 LB 641 School Property Tax and Learning Communities Bill Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14)
5/23 CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
5/22 HB 2781 2007-2009 Biennium Budget Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
5/19 HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 16)
5/17 HB 5656 Immigrants and Postsecondary Education Act Bill Passed - House (76 - 67)
5/17 HF 464 School District Health Insurance Pool Bill Passed - House (81 - 52)
5/16 AB 30 Felon Employment in Educational Agencies Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
5/16 SF 653 Resident Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 20)
5/15 Sub HB 7350 In-School Suspensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (111 - 29)
5/09 Sub HB 7350 In-School Suspensions Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
5/08 SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (44 - 21)
5/08 SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (86 - 46)
5/07 SS6 SCS SB 389 Higher Education Bill Passed - House (91 - 64)
5/04 SF 646 Cyber-Bullying Bill Passed - House (96 - 35)
5/02 CS SB 1710 State University Tuition Increase Bill Passed - House (79 - 37)
5/01 SB 199 Education Funding and Property Tax Freeze Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
5/01 CSHB 3678 Religious Expression at Schools Bill Passed - House (121 - 10)
5/01 HB 1301 Cervical Cancer Immunization Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
4/30 Sub HB 2237 Maintenance for State Colleges and Universities Conference Report Adopted - House (102 - 20)
4/30 Sub HB 2237 Maintenance for State Colleges and Universities Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 8)
4/30 HB 7145 Private School Scholarship Program Expansion Act Bill Passed - House (84 - 34)
4/27 SB 199 Education Funding and Property Tax Freeze Bill Passed - House (41 - 20)
4/27 HF 920 Univeristy Capital Improvement Bonds Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
4/27 CS SB 1710 State University Tuition Increase Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
4/27 HF 920 Univeristy Capital Improvement Bonds Bill Passed - House (51 - 44)
4/25 SF 588 2008-2009 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
4/25 CS HB 7189 Kidcare Eligibility Expansion Bill Passed - House (98 - 14)
4/24 SB 52 Governor Guinn Millennium Teaching Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
4/24 SB 415 Undocumented Students and State Financial Aid Act Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 4)
4/23 SF 277 Teacher Pay and Incentive Programs Conference Report Adopted - House (93 - 3)
4/20 SB 2046 Teachers’ Retirement Fund Conference Report Adopted - House (57 - 27)
4/19 H Amendment Resident Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Rejected - House (61 - 71)
4/19 SF 277 Teacher Pay and Incentive Programs Conference Report Adopted - Senate (35 - 14)
4/19 SF 1989 2008-2009 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - House (95 - 37)

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