Missouri General Assembly

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The Misouri General Assembly is a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The General Assembly convenes annually on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of January. Adjournment is midnight on May 30, with no consideration of bills after 6 p.m. on the first Friday after the second Monday in May. If the governor returns a bill with his objections on or after the fifth day before the last day upon which a session of the General Assembly may consider bills, the General Assembly is automatically reconvened on the first Wednesday following the second Monday in September for a period not to exceed 10 calendar days to consider vetoed bills.

The Senate consists of 34 members, elected for four-year terms. Senators from odd-numbered districts are elected in presidential election years. Senators from even-numbered districts are chosen in the ”off year” elections. Each senator must be at least 30 years of age, a qualified voter of the state for three years and of the district he or she represents for one year. The lieutenant governor is president and presiding officer of the Senate. In the absence of the lieutenant governor, the president pro tem, elected by the Senate members, presides.

The House of Representatives consists of 163 members, elected at each general election for a two-year term. A representative must be at least 24 years of age, a qualified voter of the state for two years and of the district he or she represents for one year. The House of Representatives is presided over by the speaker, chosen by the members, and in the absence of the speaker by the speaker pro tem. [1]


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