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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, 2021 MI SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Dec. 14, 2021 MI SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
Oct. 27, 2021 MI SB 688 Establishes Tax Credits for Individuals who Provide Funding for Supplemental Non-Public School Scholarships Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
Oct. 27, 2021 MI HB 4722 Prohibits Local Governments from Banning Short-Term Rentals Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI HB 4485 Establishes a Sunset Cap for Taxes on Cigars and Cigarettes Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI SB 601 Requires Mask Waivers for School Districts with Established Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI SB 603 Prohibits Emergency Orders that Mandate the Use of Vaccines and Face Masks Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI SB 602 Prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from Enforcing Vaccine or Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Oct. 26, 2021 MI SB 600 Prohibits Vaccine Mandates in School Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
Oct. 19, 2021 MI SB 688 Establishes Tax Credits for Individuals who Provide Funding for Supplemental Non-Public School Scholarships Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Oct. 14, 2021 MI SB 303 Repeals the Option for Voters to Sign an Affidavit to Affirm their Identity Before Casting a Ballot Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
Oct. 14, 2021 MI SB 304 Requires Voters who Cast a Provisional Ballot to Confirm their Information with the Local Clerk Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
Oct. 14, 2021 MI HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
Oct. 7, 2021 MI HB 5007 Rescinds Fees for Obtaining or Renewing a State ID Card Starting in 2022 (20 - 16)
Oct. 6, 2021 MI SJR G Amends State Constitution to Protect Certain Public Employees "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - House (65 - 38)
Oct. 6, 2021 MI SB 280 Requires the Board of State Canvassers to Complete a Canvass of an Initiative Petition Within 100 Days After it's Been Filed Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 24)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4492 Expands Polling Place Locations Bill Passed - House (84 - 21)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4837 Prohibits Third Parties from Accessing the Qualified Voter File Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4838 Prohibits Electronic Poll Books from Being Connected to the Internet Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI SB 280 Requires the Board of State Canvassers to Complete a Canvass of an Initiative Petition Within 100 Days After it's Been Filed Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Sept. 30, 2021 MI HB 4492 Expands Polling Place Locations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
Sept. 1, 2021 MI HB 4272 Exempts Michigan Made Gas Cans from Federal Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Sept. 1, 2021 MI HB 4061 Prohibits Using the Public Threat Alert System for Executive Orders Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
Sept. 1, 2021 MI HB 4063 Extends Work Permit Requirements to Children that are Homeschooled Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
Aug. 17, 2021 MI HB 4840 Requires Ballots from Elections to be Retained for 22 Months After Certification Bill Passed - House (80 - 28)
Aug. 17, 2021 MI HB 4837 Prohibits Third Parties from Accessing the Qualified Voter File Bill Passed - House (75 - 33)
Aug. 17, 2021 MI HB 4838 Prohibits Electronic Poll Books from Being Connected to the Internet Bill Passed - House (77 - 31)
July 21, 2021 MI HB 4411 Appropriates School Aid for FY 2021-2022 Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 54)
July 15, 2021 MI SB 529 Appropriates $1.6 Billion for Local Infrastructure Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 24, 2021 MI HB 4434 Repeals the Federal $300 Per Week Unemployment Jobless Pay Boost Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 49)
June 24, 2021 MI HB 4434 Repeals the Federal $300 Per Week Unemployment Jobless Pay Boost Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 24, 2021 MI HB 4538 Repeals Passage Requirements on the Career Readiness Exam for Michigan High School Juniors Bill Passed - House (88 - 21)
June 24, 2021 MI SB 379 Prohibits the Governor from Unilaterally Increasing the State's Road Debt Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 23, 2021 MI HB 4288 Establishes a Corporate Tax Rate for Flow-Through Entities Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
June 23, 2021 MI HB 5007 Rescinds Fees for Obtaining or Renewing a State ID Card Starting in 2022 Bill Passed - House (58 - 52)
June 17, 2021 MI HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Bill Passed - House (105 - 4)
June 17, 2021 MI HB 4521 Authorizes HIV Positive Individuals to Donate Organs to Other HIV Positive Patients Bill Passed - House (110 - 0)
June 16, 2021 MI SB 285 Requires Voters to Present Identification to Receive an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 16, 2021 MI SB 303 Repeals the Option for Voters to Sign an Affidavit to Affirm their Identity Before Casting a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 16, 2021 MI SB 304 Requires Voters who Cast a Provisional Ballot to Confirm their Information with the Local Clerk Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 10, 2021 MI SB 486 Authorizes People From the Upper Peninsula to Sit on a Body to Decide Whether Hunters Can Kill Wolves Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
June 2, 2021 MI HB 4667 Prohibits a Governmental Entity from Mandating the Use of Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - House (62 - 47)
May 26, 2021 MI SB 400 Extends the Time for Filing an Application to Set Aside a First Violation OWI Offense Bill Passed - House (91 - 18)
May 25, 2021 MI HB 4501 Prohibits Levying Fines Towards Businesses for Violations of COVID-19 Emergency Orders Bill Passed - House (74 - 34)
May 25, 2021 MI SB 457 Prohibits Local Public Health Directors from Issuing an Emergency Order to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
May 19, 2021 MI HB 4400 Appropriations Funds for Fiscal Year 2022, Including Provisions for Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
May 19, 2021 MI HB 4407 Appropriates Funding for K-12 School Aid and Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
May 18, 2021 MI SB 46 Establishes Multiple Property Tax Exemptions Veto Override Failed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 18, 2021 MI HB 4485 Establishes a Sunset Cap for Taxes on Cigars and Cigarettes Bill Passed - House (83 - 25)
May 13, 2021 MI HB 4288 Establishes a Corporate Tax Rate for Flow-Through Entities Bill Passed - House (88 - 18)
May 12, 2021 MI HB 4400 Appropriations Funds for Fiscal Year 2022, Including Provisions for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (57 - 50)
May 11, 2021 MI SB 82 Appropriates Funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
May 5, 2021 MI SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
April 27, 2021 MI SB 46 Establishes Multiple Property Tax Exemptions Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 51)
April 22, 2021 MI HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
April 20, 2021 MI HB 4272 Exempts Michigan Made Gas Cans from Federal Regulations Bill Passed - House (75 - 34)
March 25, 2021 MI SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 24, 2021 MI HB 4359 Authorizes Registered Nurses with Professional Training to Administer Anesthesia Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
March 24, 2021 MI HB 4346 Establishes a Co-Pay Cap for Insulin Bill Passed - House (91 - 16)
March 24, 2021 MI HB 4355 Expands Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
March 23, 2021 MI SB 257 Prohibits Banning Family Gatherings During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 17, 2021 MI SB 210 Authorizes Someone to Drive an Off-Road Vehicle Without a Helmet or Protective Eyewear Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 17, 2021 MI SB 209 Rescinds the Physician from Civil Liability for Providing Medical Exemptions for Seat Belts Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 11, 2021 MI SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
March 10, 2021 MI HB 4219 Authorizes Drivers with a Conviction for DUI to Remove it from the Record Books Bill Passed - House (93 - 17)
March 10, 2021 MI HB 4220 Authorizes First-Time DUI Offenders to Apply for Expungement from a Judge Bill Passed - House (93 - 17)
March 9, 2021 MI SB 1 Repeals the Governors Emergency Powers Act of 1945 Bill Passed - House (59 - 50)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4128 Rescinds a Voter's Registration if They Have Not Voted Since 2000 Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4127 Requires the Secretary of State Notify People Before Canceling Their Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4134 Requires Maintaining a List of "Permanent Absent Voters" Bill Passed - House (79 - 30)
March 4, 2021 MI SB 11 Limits Emergency Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
March 3, 2021 MI HB 4061 Prohibits Using the Public Threat Alert System for Executive Orders Bill Passed - House (63 - 47)
March 2, 2021 MI SB 1 Repeals the Governors Emergency Powers Act of 1945 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 MI SB 29 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing, Rental Assistance, and School Aid Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 25, 2021 MI SB 114 Appropriates $2 Billion in COVID-19 Related Funds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4048 Appropriates $3.5 Billion in School Funding Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
Feb. 4, 2021 MI HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/14 SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
12/14 SB 771 Amends Strategic Fund Act Bill Passed - House (81 - 22)
10/27 SB 688 Establishes Tax Credits for Individuals who Provide Funding for Supplemental Non-Public School Scholarships Bill Passed - House (55 - 49)
10/27 HB 4722 Prohibits Local Governments from Banning Short-Term Rentals Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
10/26 HB 4485 Establishes a Sunset Cap for Taxes on Cigars and Cigarettes Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
10/26 HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
10/26 SB 601 Requires Mask Waivers for School Districts with Established Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
10/26 SB 603 Prohibits Emergency Orders that Mandate the Use of Vaccines and Face Masks Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
10/26 SB 602 Prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from Enforcing Vaccine or Mask Mandates Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
10/26 SB 600 Prohibits Vaccine Mandates in School Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
10/19 SB 688 Establishes Tax Credits for Individuals who Provide Funding for Supplemental Non-Public School Scholarships Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
10/14 SB 303 Repeals the Option for Voters to Sign an Affidavit to Affirm their Identity Before Casting a Ballot Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
10/14 SB 304 Requires Voters who Cast a Provisional Ballot to Confirm their Information with the Local Clerk Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 51)
10/14 HB 5267 Exempts Feminine Hygiene Products from State Sales Tax Bill Passed - House (94 - 13)
10/07 HB 5007 Rescinds Fees for Obtaining or Renewing a State ID Card Starting in 2022 (20 - 16)
10/06 SJR G Amends State Constitution to Protect Certain Public Employees "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - House (65 - 38)
10/06 SB 280 Requires the Board of State Canvassers to Complete a Canvass of an Initiative Petition Within 100 Days After it's Been Filed Bill Passed - House (55 - 48)
9/30 HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Concurrence Vote Passed - House (81 - 24)
9/30 HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
9/30 HB 4492 Expands Polling Place Locations Bill Passed - House (84 - 21)
9/30 HB 4837 Prohibits Third Parties from Accessing the Qualified Voter File Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
9/30 HB 4838 Prohibits Electronic Poll Books from Being Connected to the Internet Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
9/30 SB 280 Requires the Board of State Canvassers to Complete a Canvass of an Initiative Petition Within 100 Days After it's Been Filed Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
9/30 HB 4492 Expands Polling Place Locations Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 15)
9/01 HB 4272 Exempts Michigan Made Gas Cans from Federal Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
9/01 HB 4061 Prohibits Using the Public Threat Alert System for Executive Orders Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
9/01 HB 4063 Extends Work Permit Requirements to Children that are Homeschooled Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 9)
8/17 HB 4840 Requires Ballots from Elections to be Retained for 22 Months After Certification Bill Passed - House (80 - 28)
8/17 HB 4837 Prohibits Third Parties from Accessing the Qualified Voter File Bill Passed - House (75 - 33)
8/17 HB 4838 Prohibits Electronic Poll Books from Being Connected to the Internet Bill Passed - House (77 - 31)
7/21 HB 4411 Appropriates School Aid for FY 2021-2022 Veto Override Failed - House (54 - 54)
7/15 SB 529 Appropriates $1.6 Billion for Local Infrastructure Projects Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
6/24 HB 4434 Repeals the Federal $300 Per Week Unemployment Jobless Pay Boost Concurrence Vote Passed - House (59 - 49)
6/24 HB 4434 Repeals the Federal $300 Per Week Unemployment Jobless Pay Boost Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/24 HB 4538 Repeals Passage Requirements on the Career Readiness Exam for Michigan High School Juniors Bill Passed - House (88 - 21)
6/24 SB 379 Prohibits the Governor from Unilaterally Increasing the State's Road Debt Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/23 HB 4288 Establishes a Corporate Tax Rate for Flow-Through Entities Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
6/23 HB 5007 Rescinds Fees for Obtaining or Renewing a State ID Card Starting in 2022 Bill Passed - House (58 - 52)
6/17 HB 4528 Requires Election Challengers to Undergo Training Bill Passed - House (105 - 4)
6/17 HB 4521 Authorizes HIV Positive Individuals to Donate Organs to Other HIV Positive Patients Bill Passed - House (110 - 0)
6/16 SB 285 Requires Voters to Present Identification to Receive an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/16 SB 303 Repeals the Option for Voters to Sign an Affidavit to Affirm their Identity Before Casting a Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/16 SB 304 Requires Voters who Cast a Provisional Ballot to Confirm their Information with the Local Clerk Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/10 SB 486 Authorizes People From the Upper Peninsula to Sit on a Body to Decide Whether Hunters Can Kill Wolves Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
6/02 HB 4667 Prohibits a Governmental Entity from Mandating the Use of Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - House (62 - 47)
5/26 SB 400 Extends the Time for Filing an Application to Set Aside a First Violation OWI Offense Bill Passed - House (91 - 18)
5/25 HB 4501 Prohibits Levying Fines Towards Businesses for Violations of COVID-19 Emergency Orders Bill Passed - House (74 - 34)
5/25 SB 457 Prohibits Local Public Health Directors from Issuing an Emergency Order to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
5/19 HB 4400 Appropriations Funds for Fiscal Year 2022, Including Provisions for Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
5/19 HB 4407 Appropriates Funding for K-12 School Aid and Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
5/18 SB 46 Establishes Multiple Property Tax Exemptions Veto Override Failed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/18 HB 4485 Establishes a Sunset Cap for Taxes on Cigars and Cigarettes Bill Passed - House (83 - 25)
5/13 HB 4288 Establishes a Corporate Tax Rate for Flow-Through Entities Bill Passed - House (88 - 18)
5/12 HB 4400 Appropriations Funds for Fiscal Year 2022, Including Provisions for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (57 - 50)
5/11 SB 82 Appropriates Funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
5/05 SB 354 Extends Waivers for Licensing Fees for Certain Food Establishments Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 16)
4/27 SB 46 Establishes Multiple Property Tax Exemptions Conference Report Adopted - House (58 - 51)
4/22 HB 4289 Authorizes First Time Home Buyers to Save Using Tax Exempt Savings Accounts Bill Passed - House (89 - 15)
4/20 HB 4272 Exempts Michigan Made Gas Cans from Federal Regulations Bill Passed - House (75 - 34)
3/25 SB 250 Establishes Opening Rules for Restaurants Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/24 HB 4359 Authorizes Registered Nurses with Professional Training to Administer Anesthesia Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
3/24 HB 4346 Establishes a Co-Pay Cap for Insulin Bill Passed - House (91 - 16)
3/24 HB 4355 Expands Telehealth Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 51)
3/23 SB 257 Prohibits Banning Family Gatherings During the Pandemic Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/17 SB 210 Authorizes Someone to Drive an Off-Road Vehicle Without a Helmet or Protective Eyewear Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/17 SB 209 Rescinds the Physician from Civil Liability for Providing Medical Exemptions for Seat Belts Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/11 SR 26 Authorizes the Senate Majority Leader to Sue the Governor Resolution Passed - Senate (20 - 14)
3/10 HB 4219 Authorizes Drivers with a Conviction for DUI to Remove it from the Record Books Bill Passed - House (93 - 17)
3/10 HB 4220 Authorizes First-Time DUI Offenders to Apply for Expungement from a Judge Bill Passed - House (93 - 17)
3/09 SB 1 Repeals the Governors Emergency Powers Act of 1945 Bill Passed - House (59 - 50)
3/09 HB 4128 Rescinds a Voter's Registration if They Have Not Voted Since 2000 Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
3/09 HB 4127 Requires the Secretary of State Notify People Before Canceling Their Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
3/09 HB 4134 Requires Maintaining a List of "Permanent Absent Voters" Bill Passed - House (79 - 30)
3/04 SB 11 Limits Emergency Gun Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
3/03 HB 4061 Prohibits Using the Public Threat Alert System for Executive Orders Bill Passed - House (63 - 47)
3/02 SB 1 Repeals the Governors Emergency Powers Act of 1945 Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/25 SB 29 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing, Rental Assistance, and School Aid Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/25 SB 114 Appropriates $2 Billion in COVID-19 Related Funds Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 15)
2/04 HB 4048 Appropriates $3.5 Billion in School Funding Bill Passed - House (58 - 51)
2/04 HB 4047 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Recovery Bill Passed - House (60 - 49)

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