MIDLAND-The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute, has announced the creation of a new web site designed to help the public access their elected representatives' entire legislative voting histories. Previously, such research required an arduous, time-consuming review of arcane public documents published by the state legislature. The new site, MichiganVotes.org, can help municipal officials track proposed legislation that might affect their use of privatization.

MichiganVotes.org lets Michigan citizens read brief, plain-English descriptions of all bills and amendments in the Michigan Legislature; review every representatives' actions and e-mail him or her a comment; find bills of interest with searches by topic, keyword, date range, or bill number; receive automatic e-mail notification when action is taken on bills of interest; and join other citizens in commenting on legislative actions.

This public service is provided free-of-charge to Michigan citizens and is designed to help inform community leaders, businesspeople, news media, public officials and the general public about the legislation that impacts their families, schools, businesses and communities.