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State Fair poll shows majority favors masks in schools, increased role for Legislature

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A majority of those who responded to the 2021 House of Representatives State Fair Poll support requiring K-12 students to wear masks in school during the 2021-22 school year. The poll found 51.3% of respondents support the idea, 41.3% said they are against the requirement and 7.4% are undecided.

Polltakers also favor an expanded role for the Legislature when it comes to oversight of the governor’s peacetime emergency powers. Asked whether lawmakers should have the power to terminate any rule or order issued by the governor if a peacetime emergency lasts more than 30 days, 45.9% answered “yes,” 37.4% said “no” and 16.7% are undecided.

Conducted by the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office, the poll is an informal, unscientific survey of issues discussed in prior legislative sessions and may again be topics of discussion in 2022. This year’s poll was taken by 5,231 fairgoers, a significant drop from 2019, when 11,239 people took the poll, reflecting the overall decline in attendance at this year’s fair. See the full results

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Event Schedule

DECEMBER 9: House Redistricting Committee
Thursday, December 9 2021 12/9/2021 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
(This time is blocked until 5pm if additional time is needed beyond the standard 90-minute meeting time).
HF2632 (Murphy) Elections; redistricting publishing and reporting requirements modified.
Committee votes, amendments on the proposed legislative and congressional district plans.

DECEMBER 14: Joint hearing of the House Capital Investment Committee and the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee
Tuesday, December 14 2021 12/14/2021 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Transportation provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
*This meeting will be informational only.
*No formal action will be taken.

2022 Regular Legislative Session
Monday, January 31 2022 1/31/2022 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
The House stands adjourned until Monday, January 31, 2022, at 12:00 noon.

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Special Session Bill Introductions: HF69

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