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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. 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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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 21, 2018 MI HB 6553 Authorizes Legislative Intervention in Individual Constitutionality Claims and Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 47)
Dec. 21, 2018 MI HB 4926 Authorizes Internet Gaming Licenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 35)
Dec. 21, 2018 MI HB 4991 Appropriates $1.3 Billion to Fiscal Year 2019 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
Dec. 21, 2018 MI HB 6595 Increases Requirements for State Ballot Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Dec. 20, 2018 MI SB 1238 Authorizes State Absentee Ballot Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Dec. 20, 2018 MI SB 1239 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Dec. 20, 2018 MI HB 4991 Appropriates $1.3 Billion to Fiscal Year 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Dec. 20, 2018 MI SB 1239 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
Dec. 20, 2018 MI SB 1238 Authorizes State Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - House (57 - 51)
Dec. 18, 2018 MI SB 1176 Establishes Misdemeanor Crimes for Public Officials Requiring nonprofit groups Disclose Donors Information Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
Dec. 18, 2018 MI HB 5634 Repeals Ban on Tinted Windshields Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
Dec. 13, 2018 MI HB 5526 Establishes A to F Letter Rating System For Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
Dec. 12, 2018 MI HB 6595 Increases Requirements for State Ballot Initiatives Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
Dec. 5, 2018 MI SB 1197 Establishes Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Dec. 4, 2018 MI SB 1171 Amends Minimum Wage Increases Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
Dec. 4, 2018 MI SB 1175 Amends Laws Regarding State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
Nov. 29, 2018 MI SB 1176 Establishes Misdemeanor Crimes for Public Officials Requiring nonprofit groups Disclose Donors Information Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Nov. 28, 2018 MI SB 1171 Amends Minimum Wage Increases Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Nov. 28, 2018 MI SB 1175 Amends Laws Regarding State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
Nov. 27, 2018 MI SB 795 Amends the Public School Employees Retirement Act of 1979. Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
Nov. 8, 2018 MI SB 1022 Authorizes use of Campaign Finance Funds for Repayment of Debts and Obligations of Campaigns by Former Candidates Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
Oct. 4, 2018 MI HB 6064 Authorizes Taxpayer Subsidies for the Rural Development Fund Bill Passed - House (81 - 25)
Oct. 3, 2018 MI HB 4224 Repeals Ticket Scalping Ban at Sports Events Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
Oct. 3, 2018 MI HB 6200 Prohibit Ship Operators from Dropping Anchor in the Straits of Mackinac Bill Passed - House (106 - 1)
Oct. 3, 2018 MI HB 6201 Amends Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (105 - 2)
Oct. 2, 2018 MI HB 4668 Prohibits Marijuana Infused Beer Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 4)
Sept. 26, 2018 MI SB 704 Amends Tourism Laws to Impose a Hotel Room Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Sept. 26, 2018 MI HB 5548 Establishes Online Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (107 - 0)
Sept. 5, 2018 MI HB 5377 Amends Prison Parole Laws Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 47)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 654 Establishes an Environmental Science Review Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 46)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 653 Establishes a New Environmental Rules Committee Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4265 Require Cars Passing Bicyclists to Give 3 Feet When Passing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 10)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 652 Establishes 11-Member Stakeholder Committee to Review and Amend Environmental Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Bill Passed - House (66 - 42)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5901 Extends Funding for Statewide Trauma System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4926 Authorizes Internet Gaming Licenses Bill Passed - House (68 - 40)
June 7, 2018 MI SB 787 Authorizes Reduced Car Insurance Options for Seniors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
June 6, 2018 MI SB 897 Establishes Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 47)
May 29, 2018 MI SB 872 Amends Statue of Limitations for Sexual Misconduct Cases Going Back until 1997 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
May 29, 2018 MI SB 871 Increases the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 872 Amends Statue of Limitations for Sexual Misconduct Cases Going Back until 1997 Bill Passed - House (99 - 10)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 871 Increases the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Offenses Bill Passed - House (108 - 1)
May 24, 2018 MI SB 880 Increases Penalty for Not Reporting Child Abuse Bill Passed - House (108 - 1)
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 HB 6043 Requires School Districts to Report Inappropriate Conduct within 60 Days Bill Passed - House (88 - 21)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/21 HB 6553 Authorizes Legislative Intervention in Individual Constitutionality Claims and Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 47)
12/21 HB 4926 Authorizes Internet Gaming Licenses Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 35)
12/21 HB 4991 Appropriates $1.3 Billion to Fiscal Year 2019 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
12/21 HB 6595 Increases Requirements for State Ballot Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
12/20 SB 1238 Authorizes State Absentee Ballot Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
12/20 SB 1239 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
12/20 HB 4991 Appropriates $1.3 Billion to Fiscal Year 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
12/20 SB 1239 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
12/20 SB 1238 Authorizes State Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - House (57 - 51)
12/18 SB 1176 Establishes Misdemeanor Crimes for Public Officials Requiring nonprofit groups Disclose Donors Information Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
12/18 HB 5634 Repeals Ban on Tinted Windshields Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 18)
12/13 HB 5526 Establishes A to F Letter Rating System For Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 53)
12/12 HB 6595 Increases Requirements for State Ballot Initiatives Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
12/05 SB 1197 Establishes Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
12/04 SB 1171 Amends Minimum Wage Increases Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
12/04 SB 1175 Amends Laws Regarding State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - House (60 - 48)
11/29 SB 1176 Establishes Misdemeanor Crimes for Public Officials Requiring nonprofit groups Disclose Donors Information Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
11/28 SB 1171 Amends Minimum Wage Increases Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
11/28 SB 1175 Amends Laws Regarding State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
11/27 SB 795 Amends the Public School Employees Retirement Act of 1979. Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 13)
11/08 SB 1022 Authorizes use of Campaign Finance Funds for Repayment of Debts and Obligations of Campaigns by Former Candidates Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
10/04 HB 6064 Authorizes Taxpayer Subsidies for the Rural Development Fund Bill Passed - House (81 - 25)
10/03 HB 4224 Repeals Ticket Scalping Ban at Sports Events Bill Passed - House (71 - 36)
10/03 HB 6200 Prohibit Ship Operators from Dropping Anchor in the Straits of Mackinac Bill Passed - House (106 - 1)
10/03 HB 6201 Amends Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (105 - 2)
10/02 HB 4668 Prohibits Marijuana Infused Beer Concurrence Vote Passed - House (101 - 4)
9/26 SB 704 Amends Tourism Laws to Impose a Hotel Room Tax Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
9/26 HB 5548 Establishes Online Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (107 - 0)
9/05 HB 5377 Amends Prison Parole Laws Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
6/12 SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
6/12 HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 47)
6/12 SB 654 Establishes an Environmental Science Review Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
6/12 HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 46)
6/12 SB 653 Establishes a New Environmental Rules Committee Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
6/12 HB 4265 Require Cars Passing Bicyclists to Give 3 Feet When Passing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 10)
6/12 SB 652 Establishes 11-Member Stakeholder Committee to Review and Amend Environmental Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
6/12 HB 5141 Reduces Teacher Certification Requirements for Certain Vocational or Technical Trade Classes Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
6/12 SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Bill Passed - House (66 - 42)
6/12 HB 4069 Reduces College Credits Required for Substitute Teachers Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
6/12 HB 5901 Extends Funding for Statewide Trauma System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
6/12 HB 4926 Authorizes Internet Gaming Licenses Bill Passed - House (68 - 40)
6/07 SB 787 Authorizes Reduced Car Insurance Options for Seniors Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
6/06 SB 897 Establishes Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients Bill Passed - House (62 - 47)
5/29 SB 872 Amends Statue of Limitations for Sexual Misconduct Cases Going Back until 1997 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
5/29 SB 871 Increases the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (36 - 0)
5/24 SB 872 Amends Statue of Limitations for Sexual Misconduct Cases Going Back until 1997 Bill Passed - House (99 - 10)
5/24 SB 871 Increases the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Offenses Bill Passed - House (108 - 1)
5/24 SB 880 Increases Penalty for Not Reporting Child Abuse Bill Passed - House (108 - 1)
5/24 SB 874 Increases Penalties for Failing to Report Child Abuse or Neglect Bill Passed - House (107 - 2)
5/24 HB 6043 Requires School Districts to Report Inappropriate Conduct within 60 Days Bill Passed - House (88 - 21)

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