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Michigan Legal Research: Legislative Resources

An overview of the sources of law in Michigan, including primary law resources and state-specific secondary resources.

Statutes in Force

Laws passed by the Michigan legislature can be found both online and in the Law Library's print collection.

Annotated versions of the M.C.L. are also available on Westlaw and Lexis.

Historical versions of statutes, session laws, bill analyses, and House and Senate journals from past sessions are available through LLMC Digital. Years of coverage vary depending on type of document.

Pending Legislation

Legislative History Research

Legislative history documents include prior versions of bills and statutes, bill analyses, committee hearings and reports, House and Senate journals, and House and Senate floor debates. Unlike federal legislative history, compiling state legislative histories can be more difficult as these types of documents are usually not consistently maintained or stored in any one place.

For more information on conducting legislative history research in Michigan, please see the Michigan Legislative History research guide.

House and Senate Journals

Proceedings of the Michigan Senate and House are recorded and published in journals published by session. Journals are available both online and in the Law Library's print collection.

Committee Hearings

  • Video Hearings - Live streams and archived footage of committee hearings in both the House and Senate.

Floor Debates

  • ​Transcripts of floor debates on specific bills before the Legislature, debated in committee.
    • House
      • Contact the Clerk of the House, 1981-
      • State Archives hold 1970-1980
      • Video Archive 1996-, limited coverage available 
    • Senate
      • Contact the Secretary of the Senate, 1970-
      • Video Archive 1996-, limited coverage available 

Bill Analysis

The State Archives of Michigan has an extensive legislative collection in print and via digital collections.