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2014 Minnesota State Fair poll results
By Mike Cook
A young visitor checks over her dad's answers to the annual House opinion poll at the Minnesota State Fair. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Minnesota State Fair polltakers are narrowly opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state but strongly support same-day voter registration and lean toward increasing the state’s gas tax for road and bridge construction.

Conducted by the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office, the annual poll at the House of Representatives booth during the 12-day Minnesota State Fair is an informal, unscientific survey of issues discussed in prior legislative sessions and may be topics of discussion in 2015.

Of the 7,607 people filling out a ballot in 2014, 48.1 percent are against the state allowing the recreational use of marijuana for persons age 21 and older; however, 43.3 percent support the idea. Nearly 9 percent of those taking the poll were undecided or had no opinion.

The 2014 Legislature passed a law for use of medical marijuana for nine specific illnesses, but not for recreational use of the drug. Only the use of pills, oils or vaporizing of a cannabis compound through a device similar to an e-cigarette is allowed. 

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Your House at the Minnesota State Fair
By Lee Ann Schutz

Talk with legislators, be the speaker of the House and voice your opinion at the Minnesota House of Representatives exhibit at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Race track underpaid purses, lawmakers hear
By Jonathan Avise

Lax racing commission oversight contributed to shorting of horse owners at Running Aces, Legislative Auditor's report finds.

New laws provide look back at the 2014 legislative session
By Lee Ann Schutz

Now available on the web is New Laws 2014, overviews of the 169 bills acted on by the governor during the recently completed legislative session.

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By Charley Shaw

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By Charley Shaw

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House holds a two-day marathon to close out 2014 session
By HPIS Staff

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House passes supplemental budget package
By Charley Shaw

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By Andrea Parrott

Medical cannabis (marijuana) has cleared its final hurdle in the legislative branch and now awaits the governor’s signature before it becomes law.

Tax bill: A little of this and a lot of property tax relief
By Lee Ann Schutz

The omnibus supplemental tax bill, passed by the House 131-0, provides $45 million in property tax relief, addresses some communities water woes and shelters for puppies and kitties.

Protection from false claims OK'd for police, corrections employees
By Mike Cook

Someone who files a false record, such as one not related to a valid lien or security agreement, with intent to retaliate against a judicial or court officer, prosecutor, defens...

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Conferees wrap up $283 million supplemental budget
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The House and Senate early Friday morning wrapped up negotiations on the supplemental budget bill.

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