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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
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 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (77 - 26)
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 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Bill Passed - House (88 - 17)
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 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 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)
Date No. Title Outcome
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 977 Increases the Punishment for Fraudulent Absentee Voting Bill Passed - House (77 - 26)
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 117 Authorizes Active-Duty Overseas Military Voters to Vote Electronically Bill Passed - House (88 - 17)
9/24 HB 4980 Establishes a System to Automatically Set Aside Certain Convictions Under Certain Circumstances Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 8)
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 6032 Protects Employees From Being Fired or Facing Consequences From an Employer Upon Diagnosis of COVID-19 Bill Passed - House (83 - 23)

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