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Missouri State Motto
"Salus populi suprema lex esto"
The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.
Missouri State Capital
Jefferson City
What year did Missouri become the 24th state
1821
What is Missouri's nickname?
The Show-Me State.
What is Missouri's state animal?
The Mule
What is Missouri's state bird?
The Blue Bird
What is Missouri's state tree?
The Dogwood tree
What is Missouri's state legislature known as?
The General Assembly
What are the two houses of the General Assembly?
The Senate (upper house) and the House of representatives (lower house).
How long is the General Assembly in session?
From January to May each year.
How many members are in the Missouri Senate?
34
How many years do the MO senators servein one term? What is the maximum number of years they can serve?
Senators serve 4 year terms and can serve a maximum of 8 years
How many senators can be elected at once and how often.
Senators are elected every 2 years, only half can be elected at once.
Who presides over the MO senate?
The Lt. Governor presides over the senate. In his/her absence the President pro Tempore presides.
What is a job of the MO senate?
To approve the Governor's appointments.
What are the qualifications of the MO senate?
Must be 30 years old, a qualified voter for at least 3 years, and a resident of their district for at least 1 year.
How many members are in the MO House of representatives?
163
How long is a MO house representative's term? What is the maximum number of years they can serve?
House Representatives serve 2 year terms and can serve a maximum of 8 years.
What are the qualifications of the MO House of Representatives?
24 years old, qualified voter for at least 2 years and have lived in their district for at least 1 year.
How long is the MO governor's term and how many consecutive terms can be served?
MO Governors serve 4 year terms and can serve 2 consecutive terms.
What are the qualifications of MO governors?
Must be 30 years old, have been a US citizen for 15 years, and have lived in MO for at least 10 years.
What are some jobs of the MO governor?
To administer state laws, Appoint and remove officials, Liaison with Federal govt., Recommends laws and budget, signs or vetos bills, calls special sessions, commands national guard, grants pardons reprieves and commutations, ceremonial head of state.
How long is a Lieutenant Governor's term?
4 years
What are the qualifications of the Lieutenant Governor?
Must be a US citizen for at least 15 years, must have been a MO resident for at least 10 years.
What are some basic powers of the US Lieutenant Governor?
To be the ceremonial head of state, president of the state, to become governor if necessary, to act as governor when necessary, to be volunteer coordinator and Ombudsman.
What does the Secretary of State do?
They are responsible for providing and preserving information for the public, also to oversee all elections.
What does the Attorney General do?
Serves as chief legal officer of the state, and represents interests of govt. agencies and citizens.
Who presides over the court?
The chief justice
How many MO supreme court justices are there at once?
There are 7 justices
How long are MO supreme court justice terms?
12 years.
What is the highest court in MO?
MO Supreme court
What goes to the MO supreme court?
Cases on appeal from lower courts and transferred from appeal courts.
What are the requirements to be a MO justice?
To be at least 30 years old, to have been a US citizen for 15 years and a registered voter for 9 years.
In the MO court of appeals how many judges are in the Eastern, Western and Southern districts?
14, 11, and 7 respectively.
How long is a term for a judge in the MO court of appeals?
12 years
What goes to the MO court of appeals?
Cases of appeal from lower courts.
What are requirements for Judges in the court of appeals?
Must be 30 years old, a US citizen for 15 years, and a registered voter for 9 years.
What goes to MO circuit courts?
All cases under state law start here.
How long is a term for a judge in the MO circuit courts?
4 years
How many court districts are there in MO
there are 44 court districts in MO.
What is a municipality?
Cities, villages, and towns are considered municipalities. Theses are incorporated under local governments, follow and enforce MO law. Typically run by a mayor or city council. Maplewood is a municipality.
What is a township?
A sub-unit of county government usually only to maintain roads. There are 23 counties in MO with township govts.
What is a county?
A county is a sub-unit of a state government. They carry out crucial state functions like taxation and law enforcement. St.Louis county is an example
What is a special district?
This is usually a one-service local government. Most have duties like fire protection, road maintenance, and water supply. the MSD is an example.
What is a school district?
School districts provide public education, in MO they function under local and state government mandation.
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