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General Legislative Questions:
How do I determine my district and legislator?
Use the Find My Rep
Form on this web site. You can enter your District Number (if known), County and/or ZIP code to find your legislator and district.
How do I send e-mail to my representative?
You can find a complete list of email address, office phone numbers and locations on our List of all Reps
page. More contact information can also be found on your legislator's caucus home page. You can find your Democratic representatives on the housedems web site
and your Republican representatives on the gophouse web site
How do I find out more about the Michigan legislative process?
Information on the legislative process (introduction of bills, calendars, committees) can be found on the Citizens Guide
How do I find out when a public hearing is being held?
To find times and places for public hearings, view the committee schedule
information page for house and senate committees.
How do I follow the status of a bill?
You can use the Notification Service
on the Michigan Legislatures web site to follow a bill through the entire legislative process. Registered users of Michigan Legislature
website can sign up to be notified when items of interest change or are added to this website.
What does the underlining and strike through in bill and amendment text mean?
Underlined and strike through text indicate changes being made to the text of existing law or an existing constitutional provision. Underlined text is new language and strike through text indicates text being removed from existing law.
How do I find out how a legislator voted on a bill?
Bill vote information is available in the House Journal
. The votes of individual representatives are available only if:
- A record vote is requested at the time the vote takes place;
- When a record vote has not been taken within a specified time limit, a member registers a request to have his or her vote recorded in the journal.
Is it possible to watch the House during session?
The House TV Broadcast Channel airs coverage of the Michigan House of Representatives Session as well as select committee meetings to the public on the World Wide Web. You will need Windows Media Player installed to view or listen to the current broadcast. Links to available broadcasts can be found on the House TV page.
Is the Webcast Schedule posted online?
Yes. For a complete list of scheduled webcasts follow the link below. All times are Eastern Standard Time. View Webcast Schedule
General Committee Questions:
What is a committee?
Committees are appointed by the Speaker of the House or the Senate Majority Leader and are organized according to subject matter. Their membership usually changes after each election. Each committee is assigned bills in its subject area to hear, study, and vote on.
How do committees work?
Committees are an important part of the legislative process, as explained in the How Committees Work
What are the committee names and meeting times?
View our printable list of all Standing Committee
members, meeting dates, times and locations.
Are committee meetings open to the public?
As a rule, all standing committee meetings are open to the public. Exceptions are extremely rare.
House Office Building Security:
What type of ID is required to enter the House Office Building?
Pictured identification is required. Visitors to the House Office Building will be given a temporary visitor badge and are required to wear this badge while in the building.
Do I need to show identification if going to a committe room?
No. If you are visiting to observe or participate in a Committee meeting, anonymous access is available and no identification is required.
What is the Frequent Visitors Pass?
The Frequent Visitors Pass
is a special photo ID Pass for individuals visiting the building often. The pass, which must be worn while in the Anderson House Office Building, enables you to move quickly through the security screening process and grants access to all Member offices and common areas.
Is there a cost for the Frequent Visitors Pass?
Yes. There is a fee of $10.00 for the Pass and is valid for the duration of the current two year legislative session.
Public Wireless Network:
What does the “Guest Wireless Access Acceptable Use Policy” contain?
How do I set up my PC to work with the House WiFi network?
Most devices with wireless network capability should detect and enable your access automatically (provided that the wireless networking function is enabled.) However, while most computer wireless network configurations are similar at a basic level, the endless possibilities that comprise the individual settings for your home, school or work environments, make offering specific connection directions difficult.
If you would like to see the steps involved in making a generic Windows wireless network connection, click here.
Do I need a special WiFi login name or password?
I see more than one wireless network available. Which one is the House WiFi network?
Select the wireless network named “HPUBNET” (House PUBlic NETwork.)
Will the information on my laptop be safe from “eavesdropping” and hackers?
It is your responsibility to protect any "sensitive" information you may send or receive through our system.
Think of the wireless system as being similar to a "party line" where someone could "listen in" on the conversation. We run the wireless network in what is referred to as "Open Mode". We do not use any encryption between the wireless Access Point and your wireless device. Anyone using "wireless packet sniffing" software may be able to "see" what you are viewing or sending.
The security of your laptop is your responsibility. The House of Representatives does not provide firewall, spyware or virus protection software to the public.
We recommend that you install the latest updates to your virus and spyware detection applications. We also strongly suggest that you apply the most recent security patches that are released from various software vendors. (Windows Updates is a great resource if you are using a Microsoft Windows operating system).
How do I know if my laptop is compatible with your network?
As long as your laptop has a wireless network card that is 802.11b or 802.11g compatible, you'll be able to access the public network. If your laptop came with built-in wireless capabilities, it’s very likely that it is already compatible with the network.
NOTE: Even though you may have a 802.11g wireless card in your laptop you will only get 802.11b connectivity on the House public WiFi network. You may also experience an even slower connection if there are several computers using the network in a relatively small area, basically sharing a single access point.
I don't have a laptop! Does the House provide loaner laptops?
How much do you charge to use your network?
The House WiFi hotspot access is free.
How long will my computer stay connected to your network?
We do NOT "register" your wireless access device in our system. You will however, be prompted to accept the Guest Wireless Access Acceptable Use Policy. The duration of Guest access is limited only by wireless network location availability.
I'm in Michigan on vacation from another state. Can I still use the House wireless network?
Yes. We do not check for state residency.
Will I be able to print a document while I'm connected to the House network from my laptop?
We do not have any printing services connected to the House public wireless network system.
Will my Instant messaging (AOL, MSN, etc.) work?
No. Only basic Internet access service is provided.
After I used the House WiFi network, my computer can't connect to the Internet anymore, why?
Check your wireless network settings. Guests frequently forget to change their network settings back to their original values when they’ve finished using the House WiFi network.