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Michigan Legislative History: House & Senate Journals

This guide is designed to help you find Michigan legislative documents in the Law Library and elsewhere.

House and Senate Journals

The Michigan Legislature publishes official journals of the legislative proceedings officially titled:


The journals are not a complete transcript of the proceedings but do contain information such as:

  • Citations to Documents
  • Committee Member Lists
  • Roll Call Votes
  • "No Vote" Explanations
  • Other Misc. Information
  • Bill Sponsors' Names
  • Date of Action on a Bill
  • Defeated Bill Amendments
  • References to Committee Reports


Date Range

Both the House and Senate Journals were first published in 1835.

Electronic Access

  • 1835-1997: LLMC Digital. Most academic libraries provide access.
  • 1997-current: Michigan Legislature website. Freely available.

Finding Aides

Tables & Indexes

The Journals often contain a number of tables and indexes useful for locating specific content.  Some of the primary search helps are:

  • Index to Subject Matter;
  • General Index;
  • Table of Act and Bill Numbers;
  • Legislative Action on Bills; and
  • Bills and Joint Resolutions Introduced

These tables and indexes allow detailed tracking of a bill’s history.

Tracking Legislation

Beginning with 1997, bill information is easily searchable online.

Any research in prior years will require access to the print volumes.

Bill History

These sections list when and which actions were taken on a bill and refer to relevant pages in the Journals.  There are four major sections:

  • History of House Bills in the House
  • History of Senate Bills in the House
  • History of House Bills in the Senate
  • History of Senate Bills in the Senate

*Page numbers listed in bold type refer to the pages in the prior year's Journal.


These are documents that express the will of the House and/or Senate.
There are 3 main types:

To search resolutions since 1997, use the links above. 

In print, the resoultions indexes are located at the end of the last volume of a particular year (each year consists of anywhere from 2 to 5 volumes).

MI Legislature Website

Limited to 1996-Present

MI Legislature Website

Legislative material including:

  • MI Constitution
  • MI Compiled Laws
  • House Journal
  • Senate Journal
  • Bills
  • Public Acts
  • Resolutions
  • Legislative Analysis
  • Committee Records
  • Fiscal Analysis

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