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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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 14, 2011 MI SB618 Repeals Limit on Number of Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
Dec. 13, 2011 MI HB 4701 Amends the State Employee Retirement System Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Dec. 8, 2011 MI HB 4770 Prohibits Public Employers from Providing Medical Benefits to Public Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 45)
Dec. 7, 2011 MI HB 4770 Prohibits Public Employers from Providing Medical Benefits to Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Dec. 1, 2011 MI SB 806 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
Nov. 10, 2011 MI HB 4326 Prohibits State Agencies from Adopting Rules Stricter than Federal Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 48)
Nov. 10, 2011 MI HB 4326 Prohibits State Agencies from Adopting Rules Stricter than Federal Rules Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Nov. 10, 2011 MI SB 693 Establishes MIHealth Marketplace Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Nov. 9, 2011 MI HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 39)
Nov. 3, 2011 MI HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Nov. 3, 2011 MI HB 4701 Amends the State Employee Retirement System Bill Passed - House (63 - 45)
Nov. 2, 2011 MI HB 5002 Amends Workers' Compensation Law Bill Passed - House (59 - 49)
Nov. 2, 2011 MI SB 291 Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
Nov. 2, 2011 MI SB 137 Bullying Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Oct. 27, 2011 MI SB 619 Cyber Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Oct. 13, 2011 MI HB 4815 Exempts Incandescent Light Bulbs Made in Michigan from Congressional Authority Bill Passed - House (62 - 46)
Sept. 28, 2011 MI SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Sept. 28, 2011 MI SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Bill Passed - House (75 - 34)
Sept. 21, 2011 MI HB 4109 Banning Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Bill Passed - House (75 - 33)
Sept. 21, 2011 MI SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Aug. 24, 2011 MI SB 348 1 Percent Tax on Paid Health Insurance Claims Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
Aug. 24, 2011 MI SB 348 1 Percent Tax on Paid Health Insurance Claims Bill Passed - House (65 - 42)
Aug. 24, 2011 MI HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Bill Passed - House (72 - 36)
July 13, 2011 MI HB 4409 Amending the Social Welfare Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
July 13, 2011 MI HB 4410 Amending the Jet Program of the Social Welfare Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/14 SB618 Repeals Limit on Number of Charter Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
12/13 HB 4701 Amends the State Employee Retirement System Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
12/08 HB 4770 Prohibits Public Employers from Providing Medical Benefits to Public Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 45)
12/07 HB 4770 Prohibits Public Employers from Providing Medical Benefits to Public Employees Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
12/01 SB 806 Reduces Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 11)
11/10 HB 4326 Prohibits State Agencies from Adopting Rules Stricter than Federal Rules Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 48)
11/10 HB 4326 Prohibits State Agencies from Adopting Rules Stricter than Federal Rules Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
11/10 SB 693 Establishes MIHealth Marketplace Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
11/09 HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 39)
11/03 HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
11/03 HB 4701 Amends the State Employee Retirement System Bill Passed - House (63 - 45)
11/02 HB 5002 Amends Workers' Compensation Law Bill Passed - House (59 - 49)
11/02 SB 291 Repeals Motorcycle Helmet Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
11/02 SB 137 Bullying Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
10/27 SB 619 Cyber Schools Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
10/13 HB 4815 Exempts Incandescent Light Bulbs Made in Michigan from Congressional Authority Bill Passed - House (62 - 46)
9/28 SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
9/28 SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Bill Passed - House (75 - 34)
9/21 HB 4109 Banning Partial Birth/Late Term Abortions Bill Passed - House (75 - 33)
9/21 SB 160 Bans Partial Birth/Late-Term Abortions Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
8/24 SB 348 1 Percent Tax on Paid Health Insurance Claims Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
8/24 SB 348 1 Percent Tax on Paid Health Insurance Claims Bill Passed - House (65 - 42)
8/24 HB 4005 School Board Election Dates Bill Passed - House (72 - 36)
7/13 HB 4409 Amending the Social Welfare Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
7/13 HB 4410 Amending the Jet Program of the Social Welfare Act Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 12)

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