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State lawmakers attendance criticized by website

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State lawmakers returned to session in Lansing on Wednesday.

But newly-released records show dozens missed hundreds of votes in 2015 and some of Mid-Michigan’s lawmakers are topping that list.

According to MichiganVotes.com, the state senate held 642 roll calls last year.

Only 14 members had perfect records, including Frankenmuth Sen. Ken Horn.

On the other end of the list, four state senators missed more than 40 roll calls.

Flint's Jim Ananich topped the list, missing 71 of the votes or one out of every ten votes.

And state Sen. Mike Green was fourth on the list for missing votes.

We reached out to both their offices to ask the tough questions.

Ananich released this statement:

"Unfortunately, a majority of the missed votes were from three session days that I was sick, and there were quite a few votes taken on those days. I also had a family commitment and an event about flint's water issues that kept me from votes."

No word from Green's office.

State representatives had better attendance than those in the senate – more than 60 representatives had perfect attendance for the 504 roll calls.

But there were some high numbers of missed votes too, the top four missed more than 250 votes combined.

Brown City Rep. Paul Muxlow missed 129 votes, which averages to one out of every four votes.

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