LANSING – State Representative David E. Rutledge (Ypsilanti) today unveiled a “Scorecard” of each House vote, available online at: The scorecard includes every vote taken in the House during the first seven months of the 2011-2012 legislative session.

“In every decision I make as a legislator, I rely on feedback from the people of the 54th District,” Rutledge said. “The purpose of the scorecard is twofold: accessibility and accountability. My hope is that this tool will encourage community members to participate in the legislative process, and continue to share their thoughts and concerns with my office.”

During the first half of 2011, the Legislature has considered a number of major issues, including the state budget cuts to public education, new emergency financial manager powers, and numerous restrictions on collective bargaining rights. The 74-page document includes a brief description of each bill considered by the House, as well as the outcome of the vote and links to more information on the legislation.

“I stand behind every vote I cast on the House floor,” Rutledge said, “and this scorecard opens up the process to anyone interested in state issues.”

The scorecard will be updated throughout Rutledge’s time in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Anyone interested in receiving regular email updates about what is happening in state government can sign up to receive Rutledge’s e-newsletter by emailing him at or by calling his office toll-free at 855-DIST054 (855-347-8054).