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State Fair poll shows steady support for gun sale background checks, recreational marijuana 

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Support for criminal background checks on all gun sales and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use appears to have remained steady among Minnesotans during the past 12 months.

The 2019 House of Representatives State Fair Poll found that 89.1% of respondents favored background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions and sales made at gun shows, down slightly from the 89.3% who answered yes to the same question on the 2018 poll.

A majority of polltakers also said they were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana for people age 21 or older. Results show 56.3% of respondents answered yes, up very slightly from 56.2% the year before, while 33.8% registered opposition, compared with 33.9% the year before.

Conducted by the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office, the poll is an informal, unscientific survey of issues discussed in prior legislative sessions and that may again be topics of discussion in 2020.

Those questions were two of 12 asked in the poll, which was taken by 11,239 fairgoers. Results also found solid support for issues related to metro transit funding, restoration of felon voting rights and a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” for children and vulnerable adults.

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OCTOBER 24: Session Daily Update
Thursday, October 24 2019 9:25 AM
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OCTOBER 24: House Subcommittee on Legislative Process Reform
Thursday, October 24 2019 9:30 AM
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Presentation by nonpartisan staff:.
Role of The Nonpartisan Chief Clerk’s Office; its Structure and Duties in the Minnesota House.
• Chief Clerk Pat Murphy, Tim Johnson, Carl Hamre, Stefanie Miller, Mike Speiker.
Presentation by Minnesota Management and Budget:.
- Budget and Economic Forecast.
- Base Budgeting.
• Assistant Commissioner Britta Reitan.

OCTOBER 29: Session Daily Update
Tuesday, October 29 2019 9:55 AM
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OCTOBER 29: Joint meeting of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division & the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee
Tuesday, October 29 2019 10:00 AM
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Update on Chronic Waste Disease efforts and overview on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease.

DECEMBER 2: Session Daily Update
Monday, December 2 2019 9:55 AM
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DECEMBER 2: House Health and Human Services Finance Division
Monday, December 2 2019 10:00 AM
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Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead presentation of her 90-Day Review and Plan.

The 2020 Regular Session of the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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The 2020 Regular Session of the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12 p.m.

News and Notes

The 2020 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 11, 2020.

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For comparison

There were 2,921 House files introduced during the 2019 regular session; 2,722 in 2017; 2,379 in 2015; 1,862 in 2013; and 1,761 in 2011.

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According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota is the only state with a divided legislature in the 2019-20 biennium. The last time there was only one divided state legislature in the country was 1914.

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