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Missouri General Assembly

Missouri General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
Leadership
Ron Richard (R)
Since September 16, 2015
Todd Richardson (R)
Since May 15, 2015
Structure
Seats 197
Political groups
Senate
Republican (25)
Democratic (9)
House of Representatives
Republican (118)
Democratic (45)
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
Meeting place
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City
Website
http://www.moga.mo.gov

The Missouri General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Missouri. The bicameral General Assembly is composed of a 34-member Senate, and a 163-member House of Representatives. Members of both houses of the General Assembly are subject to term limits. Senators are limited to two four-year terms, and representatives to four two-year terms; a total of 8 years for members of both houses.

The General Assembly meets at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Contents

  • Qualifications 1
  • Sessions and quorum 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Qualifications

Members of the House of Representatives must be 24 years of age to be elected. Representatives also must be a qualified Missouri voter for two years, and a resident of the county or district of their constituency for one year. Senators must be 30 years of age, a qualified Missouri voter for three years, and similar to House qualifications, must be a resident of their senatorial constituency for one year prior to their election.

Sessions and quorum

According to Article III, Section 20 of the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly must convene on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January following the state general election.[1] It adjourns on May 30, with no consideration of bills after 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday following the second Monday in May. No appropriation bill may be considered after 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday after the first Monday in May. If the Governor returns a bill with his objections after adjournment sine die, the General Assembly is automatically reconvened on the first Wednesday following the second Monday in September for a period not to exceed ten days to consider vetoed bills.[2]

The Governor may convene the General Assembly in special session for a maximum of 60 calendar days at any time. Only subjects recommended by the Governor in his call or a special message may be considered. The President Pro Tem and the Speaker may convene a 30 day special session upon petition of three-fourths of the members of each chamber.

Neither the House nor Senate, without the consent of the other chamber, adjourn for more than ten days at any one time, nor to any other place than that in which the two houses may be sitting.

As a part-time legislature, compensation is low with the General Assembly, and most senators and representatives hold jobs outside their legislative duties. Law makers are paid $31,351 per legislative year.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.moga.mo.gov/MoStatutes/ConstHTML/A030201.html
  2. ^ "Missouri House of Representatives". Missouri House of Representatives. Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 

External links

  • Official General Assembly Website
  • Missouri Senate Website
  • Missouri House of Representatives Website
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