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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. 21, 2020 MI SB 604 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 4)
Dec. 18, 2020 MI SB 1253 Establishes a Committee to Suspend Public Health Orders Between Sessions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
Dec. 18, 2020 MI SB 748 Extends Unemployment Benefits Through March Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
Dec. 18, 2020 MI HB 4223 Requires Dental Screenings for Children Attending Public School Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
Dec. 18, 2020 MI SB 857 Limits Governor's Power for Declaring a State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
Dec. 17, 2020 MI SB 1253 Establishes a Committee to Suspend Public Health Orders Between Sessions Bill Passed - House (59 - 44)
Dec. 9, 2020 MI SB 1252 Appropriates $600 Million to the Flint Water Settlement Trust Fund Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
Dec. 3, 2020 MI SB 1048 Reduces Mandatory Minimum Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
Dec. 2, 2020 MI HB 6233 Prohibits Direct or Indirect Ownership of Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Facilities by Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (65 - 39)
Dec. 2, 2020 MI HB 5679 Amends the Sex Offender Registry Act Bill Passed - House (80 - 24)
Dec. 1, 2020 MI SB 70 Authorizes Certain Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, or Human Trafficking Bill Passed - House (102 - 1)
Oct. 14, 2020 MI HB 6030 Establishes a Minimum Threshold for COVID-19 Business Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 15)
Oct. 14, 2020 MI HB 6030 Establishes a Minimum Threshold for COVID-19 Business Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
Oct. 13, 2020 MI SB 1108 Requires Public Bodies that Meet Electronically to Include 2-Way Communication that Allows the Public to Participate Bill Passed - House (85 - 18)
Oct. 8, 2020 MI SB 886 Extends COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Until the End of 2020 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
Oct. 8, 2020 MI SB 1094 Prohibits Nursing Homes from Admitting or Retaining Coronavirus Positive Individuals for Care Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
Oct. 1, 2020 MI HB 5881 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for Absentee Voting Law Violations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
Sept. 30, 2020 MI SB 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 6)
Sept. 30, 2020 MI HB 4332 Authorizes Use of Pneumatic Guns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 4982 Authorizes Convicts of Marijuana Misdemeanors to Apply for Expungement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 7)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 5340 Amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to Allow Access to Private Data Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 28)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI SB 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 4980 Establishes a System to Automatically Set Aside Certain Convictions Under Certain Circumstances Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 12)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 5289 Prohibits the State Registrar from Imposing Fees for Stillbirth Records Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 4)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 5340 Amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to Allow Access to Private Data (22 - 15)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - House (94 - 11)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI SB 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (77 - 26)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 4980 Establishes a System to Automatically Set Aside Certain Convictions Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI SB 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Bill Passed - House (88 - 17)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 4213 Authorizes Bars to Serve Alcohol Until 4am Bill Passed - House (77 - 27)
Sept. 24, 2020 MI HB 5881 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for Absentee Voting Law Violations Bill Passed - House (74 - 29)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - House (103 - 2)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI HB 5396 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 Fiscal Year Budget Bill Passed - House (101 - 4)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 1)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI HB 4982 Authorizes Convicts of Marijuana Misdemeanors to Apply for Expungement Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI HB 6031 Authorizes Immunity for Businesses from COVID-19 Exposure Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 47)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI HB 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 681 Authorizes Expungement of Misdemeanor Traffic Records for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
Sept. 23, 2020 MI SB 682 Prohibits the Public from Viewing Juvenile Criminal Records and Limits the Amount of People able to Review Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
Sept. 22, 2020 MI SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - House (91 - 14)
Sept. 15, 2020 MI SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
Sept. 10, 2020 MI HB 4488 Limits the Use of Criminal Background Checks to Prohibit Occupational Licensure Bill Passed - House (106 - 0)
Sept. 10, 2020 MI SB 892 Authorizes Deliveries by Semi-Autonomous Delivery Devices Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
Sept. 9, 2020 MI SB 171 Repeals the 2024 Expiration Date on the Career-Tech or Arts Class for Foreign Language Credit Exchange Program Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
Sept. 1, 2020 MI SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
Aug. 17, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 33)
Aug. 15, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
July 23, 2020 MI SB 899 Extends Certain Immunities and Liabilities to Healthcare Providers and Facilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
July 22, 2020 MI SB 899 Extends Certain Immunities and Liabilities to Healthcare Providers and Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5912 Requires Districts to Have at Least 75 Percent Attendance to Avoid Prorated Funding Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5911 Expands Access to Virtual Classes at Parental Request Due to Health Concerns Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
July 22, 2020 MI HB 5910 Authorizes School Districts to Adopt Programs for E-Learning Days (56 - 48)
June 24, 2020 MI HB 5781 Authorizes the Creation of Social Districts for Alcohol Consumption Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
June 24, 2020 MI SB 956 Prohibits Nursing Homes from Admitting or Retaining COVID-19 Positive Patients Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
June 24, 2020 MI HB 5672 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Have Implants Bill Passed - House (104 - 2)
June 17, 2020 MI SB 781 Establishes 18 Percent Tax on E-Cigarette Liquid Nicotine Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
June 17, 2020 MI SB 783 Authorizes Certain Flavors of Vape Products and Prohibits Certain Vape Advertisements Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
June 10, 2020 MI SB 942 Extends To-Go and Delivery Options to Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 1)
June 4, 2020 MI SB 945 Requires Implicit Bias and De-Escalation Training for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
June 3, 2020 MI HB 5700 Expands Access to Medical Marijuana Licenses Bill Passed - House (100 - 9)
May 27, 2020 MI HB 5217 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
May 13, 2020 MI HB 5416 Extends Medicaid Coverage to At-Home or In-School Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (105 - 0)
April 30, 2020 MI SB 858 Establishes Deadlines for Governor's Stay At Home Orders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
April 30, 2020 MI SB 858 Establishes Deadlines for Governor's Stay At Home Orders Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
April 24, 2020 MI SB 857 Limits Governor's Power for Declaring a State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
March 17, 2020 MI HB 4729 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Concurrence Vote Passed - House (92 - 0)
March 4, 2020 MI HB 5479 Prohibits Gun Buyback Programs by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
Feb. 26, 2020 MI SB 686 Prohibits Disciplinary Action Against State Employees for Communicating with Legislative Branch Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
Feb. 6, 2020 MI HB 4567 Amends Fishing Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 32)
Jan. 30, 2020 MI SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
Jan. 28, 2020 MI SB 517 Requires a Feasibility Study and Strategic Implementation Plan on Tolling Highways Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
Jan. 14, 2020 MI HB 4020 Authorizes the Sale of Stun Guns to Individuals Over the Age of 18 Bill Passed - House (84 - 24)
Jan. 8, 2020 MI SB 340 Establishes Remote Pharmacy Locations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/21 SB 604 Extends Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 4)
12/18 SB 1253 Establishes a Committee to Suspend Public Health Orders Between Sessions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
12/18 SB 748 Extends Unemployment Benefits Through March Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
12/18 HB 4223 Requires Dental Screenings for Children Attending Public School Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
12/18 SB 857 Limits Governor's Power for Declaring a State of Emergency Bill Passed - House (57 - 43)
12/17 SB 1253 Establishes a Committee to Suspend Public Health Orders Between Sessions Bill Passed - House (59 - 44)
12/09 SB 1252 Appropriates $600 Million to the Flint Water Settlement Trust Fund Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
12/03 SB 1048 Reduces Mandatory Minimum Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
12/02 HB 6233 Prohibits Direct or Indirect Ownership of Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Facilities by Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Bill Passed - House (65 - 39)
12/02 HB 5679 Amends the Sex Offender Registry Act Bill Passed - House (80 - 24)
12/01 SB 70 Authorizes Certain Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, or Human Trafficking Bill Passed - House (102 - 1)
10/14 HB 6030 Establishes a Minimum Threshold for COVID-19 Business Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 15)
10/14 HB 6030 Establishes a Minimum Threshold for COVID-19 Business Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
10/13 SB 1108 Requires Public Bodies that Meet Electronically to Include 2-Way Communication that Allows the Public to Participate Bill Passed - House (85 - 18)
10/08 SB 886 Extends COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Until the End of 2020 Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
10/08 SB 1094 Prohibits Nursing Homes from Admitting or Retaining Coronavirus Positive Individuals for Care Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
10/01 HB 5881 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for Absentee Voting Law Violations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
9/30 SB 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 6)
9/30 HB 4332 Authorizes Use of Pneumatic Guns Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
9/24 HB 4982 Authorizes Convicts of Marijuana Misdemeanors to Apply for Expungement Concurrence Vote Passed - House (98 - 7)
9/24 HB 5340 Amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to Allow Access to Private Data Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 28)
9/24 SB 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
9/24 HB 4980 Establishes a System to Automatically Set Aside Certain Convictions Under Certain Circumstances Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 12)
9/24 HB 5289 Prohibits the State Registrar from Imposing Fees for Stillbirth Records Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 4)
9/24 HB 5340 Amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to Allow Access to Private Data (22 - 15)
9/24 SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - House (94 - 11)
9/24 SB 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (77 - 26)
9/24 HB 4980 Establishes a System to Automatically Set Aside Certain Convictions Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
9/24 SB 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Bill Passed - House (88 - 17)
9/24 HB 4213 Authorizes Bars to Serve Alcohol Until 4am Bill Passed - House (77 - 27)
9/24 HB 5881 Amends Sentencing Guidelines for Absentee Voting Law Violations Bill Passed - House (74 - 29)
9/23 SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - House (103 - 2)
9/23 HB 5396 Appropriates Funds for the 2021 Fiscal Year Budget Bill Passed - House (101 - 4)
9/23 SB 927 Authorizes an Increase in Funding for Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (36 - 1)
9/23 HB 4982 Authorizes Convicts of Marijuana Misdemeanors to Apply for Expungement Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 2)
9/23 HB 6031 Authorizes Immunity for Businesses from COVID-19 Exposure Lawsuits Bill Passed - House (59 - 47)
9/23 HB 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)
9/23 SB 681 Authorizes Expungement of Misdemeanor Traffic Records for Juvenile Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
9/23 SB 682 Prohibits the Public from Viewing Juvenile Criminal Records and Limits the Amount of People able to Review Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
9/22 SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - House (91 - 14)
9/15 SB 757 Authorizes Cities With Over 25,000 Residents to Begin Processing Absentee Ballots the Day Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
9/10 HB 4488 Limits the Use of Criminal Background Checks to Prohibit Occupational Licensure Bill Passed - House (106 - 0)
9/10 SB 892 Authorizes Deliveries by Semi-Autonomous Delivery Devices Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 16)
9/09 SB 171 Repeals the 2024 Expiration Date on the Career-Tech or Arts Class for Foreign Language Credit Exchange Program Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
9/01 SB 745 Appropriates Funds for a Temporary Additional $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefit Bill Passed - House (106 - 3)
8/17 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 33)
8/15 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
7/23 SB 899 Extends Certain Immunities and Liabilities to Healthcare Providers and Facilities Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
7/22 SB 899 Extends Certain Immunities and Liabilities to Healthcare Providers and Facilities Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
7/22 HB 5912 Requires Districts to Have at Least 75 Percent Attendance to Avoid Prorated Funding Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
7/22 HB 5911 Expands Access to Virtual Classes at Parental Request Due to Health Concerns Bill Passed - House (57 - 47)
7/22 HB 5913 Requires School Districts to Administer Math and Reading Exams During E-Learning Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
7/22 HB 5910 Authorizes School Districts to Adopt Programs for E-Learning Days (56 - 48)
6/24 HB 5781 Authorizes the Creation of Social Districts for Alcohol Consumption Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
6/24 SB 956 Prohibits Nursing Homes from Admitting or Retaining COVID-19 Positive Patients Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 13)
6/24 HB 5672 Prohibits Employers from Requiring Employees to Have Implants Bill Passed - House (104 - 2)
6/17 SB 781 Establishes 18 Percent Tax on E-Cigarette Liquid Nicotine Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 5)
6/17 SB 783 Authorizes Certain Flavors of Vape Products and Prohibits Certain Vape Advertisements Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
6/10 SB 942 Extends To-Go and Delivery Options to Cocktails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 1)
6/04 SB 945 Requires Implicit Bias and De-Escalation Training for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
6/03 HB 5700 Expands Access to Medical Marijuana Licenses Bill Passed - House (100 - 9)
5/27 HB 5217 Authorizes Compensation for College Athletes Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
5/13 HB 5416 Extends Medicaid Coverage to At-Home or In-School Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (105 - 0)
4/30 SB 858 Establishes Deadlines for Governor's Stay At Home Orders Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
4/30 SB 858 Establishes Deadlines for Governor's Stay At Home Orders Bill Passed - House (59 - 41)
4/24 SB 857 Limits Governor's Power for Declaring a State of Emergency Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
3/17 HB 4729 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Concurrence Vote Passed - House (92 - 0)
3/04 HB 5479 Prohibits Gun Buyback Programs by Local Governments Bill Passed - House (58 - 49)
2/26 SB 686 Prohibits Disciplinary Action Against State Employees for Communicating with Legislative Branch Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 0)
2/06 HB 4567 Amends Fishing Regulations Bill Passed - House (72 - 32)
1/30 SB 385 Repeals Ticket-Scalping Ban Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
1/28 SB 517 Requires a Feasibility Study and Strategic Implementation Plan on Tolling Highways Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
1/14 HB 4020 Authorizes the Sale of Stun Guns to Individuals Over the Age of 18 Bill Passed - House (84 - 24)
1/08 SB 340 Establishes Remote Pharmacy Locations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 5)

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