Below are links to tools help you learn about the legislative process, how to be a citizen lobbyist and details on lawmakers. Not sure who your legislator is? Use the general House and Senate websites to find out. You may get more than one possibility, in which case you may need to follow the links to the district maps and/or call the office to check to see if you're in a particular lawmaker's district.
Citizen’s Guide to State Government (PDF) - This document provides information about all Michigan’s lawmakers, tips on how to lobby and more. For a copy of this handbook you can ask your own State Representative or State Senator to send you one, or better yet stop into their offices when you are next in Lansing and pick up a copy!
Guide to Citizen Lobbying - This document provides a good overview of how to be an effective citizen advocate with tips on how to call and meet with your lawmaker.
How Bills Become Law - This website offers an overview of the legislative process.
House/Senate partisan websites - the following four websites are the best place to go if you want detailed information about a particular lawmaker. You'll first need to know if your Rep or Senator is a Democrat or Republican, then go to the correct page and search for your lawmaker. Lawmakers' web pages are where you can find their press releases, pod casts, personal bios, maps of their districts, and more. (Note: launching these websites will immediately also launch a video of a featured member.)
House of Representatives Website - The Michigan House of Representatives website includes ways to find your own Representative, information about Committees and has a link for watching broadcasts of meetings and House sessions on the internet.
Senate Website - The Michigan Senate website also includes ways to find your Senator, information about Committees and a link for watching broadcasts of meetings and Senate sessions on the internet.
How Green is Your Legislator? See how your State Representative voted on top environmental issues in 2011 & 2012