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Michigan Legislative History: Committee Records

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

Hearings & Reports

Committee hearings are transcripts of testimony before a House or Senate Committee about a bill. Most hearings held by the Michigan Legislature are unpublished.

Committee reports contain a committee’s recommendation on the passage of a bill and a voting record of its members. These records tend to be brief.

For recent records, check the House Committees and Senate Committees resources.

To access the Law Library's very limited holdings, do an author search in the catalog under "Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives [or Senate]. Name of Committee." The title will be the name of the hearing.

There are lists of committee hearings from 1952-1978 found in Michigan Documents, a bibliography of state documents compiled by the Library of Michigan in Lansing. Hearings found with this research tool are available for public use from the Library of Michigan.

Live Video

The Michigan House of Representatives' House Television airs coverage of the Michigan House of Representatives Session as well as select committee meetings to the public on the World Wide Web. These legislative sessions and hearings are presented live or tape-delayed, are unedited and presented without editorial comment.

The Michigan Senate's Live Stream similarly airs coverage of the Michigan Senates Session and select committee meetings live and on demand.

Legislative Records

Committee records may include:

  • Minutes (date, time, place of meeting; decisions made; roll call votes);
  • bill analyses;
  • letters; and
  • written testimony submitted to the committee.

Recordings or transcripts of public hearings may be available.

Committee Bill Records for the current legislative session are available online.

For recent records, also check the House Committees and Senate Committees resources.

Records that may be available through the official repository for Michigan state government information, Governing Michigan.

  • Some House committee records from 1965-1969;
  • Most House committee records from 1969-1998;
  • Some Senate committee records from 1965-1982;
  • Most Senate committee records from 1979-1996; and
  • Many Special committee records from 1949-present.

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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