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Missouri Government and Constitution Test
This is the information give to the students at MRH high school for our Missouri Government and Constitution test.
Terms in this set (32)
What does Salus populi suprema lex esto mean? (state motto)
The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.
What is the Capital of Missouri?
When did Missouri become the 24th state? (think the 18th and 21st amendment)
What is Missouri's nickname?
Show me state
What is the Missouri state animal?
What is Missouri's state bird?
What is the Missouri state tree?
The Missouri legislature is known as the?
What two houses is the general assembly divided into?
House of Representative- lower house.
Legislature is in session from?
January to May each year
Missouri Senate has how members? how long do they serve? how many years max?
serve 4 year term
8 years max
Who presides over the senate? who takes place in their absence? What does the person who presides over the senate do?
President pro tempore takes over in Lt. Gov's absence.
Lt. Gov approves governor's appointments.
What are the Qualifications for the Missouri Senate?
30 years old. A qualified Missouri voter for 3 years. A resident of their district for 1 year.
In the house of representatives,how many members? How long is their term? What is the max number of years they can serve?
163 members, 2 year term. 8 year max term.
Who presides over the house of representatives?
Speaker of the House
What are the qualifications for the Missouri house of representatives?
24 years. Qualified voter of Missouri for 2 years. A resident of their district for 1 year.
Missouri Governor. Term? Term limit?
4 year term. 2 consecutive term limit. qualifications: at least 30 years old. U.S. citizen for at least 15 years. live in Missouri for at least 10 years.
What are the Basic powers of the Missouri's governor?
Administers state laws, appoints and removes officials, Liaison with Federal government, Recommends laws and budget, signs or vetoes bills, calls special sessions, commands national guard, grants pardon, reprieves, or commutation, ceremonial head of state.
Missouri's Lieutenant Governor. Term? Qualifications?
4 year term. at least 30 years old. U.S. citizen for at least 15 years. Live in Missouri for at least 10 years.
Basic powers of Lieutenant Governor?
Ceremonial head of state. President of senate. Succeeds to governorship if necessary. Acting governor when needed. Volunteer coordinator. Ombudsman-investigates citizen's complaints.
The secretary of state. responsible for? oversees?
Responsible for providing and preserving information for the public. Oversees all elections.
Attorney General. Serves as? Represents?
Serves as the chief legal officer of the state. Represents the interests of government agencies and citizens.
The Supreme court. Who presides? how many justices? year terms? what court in missouri? what type of jurisdiction?
Chief justice presides over supreme court.
12 year term.
Highest court in Missouri.
Appellate Jurisdiction: hears cases on appeal from lower courts or transferred from appeals courts.
Requirements for Supreme court.
must be at least 30 years old. must be citizen of U.S. at least 15 years. must be qualified Missouri voter for at least 9 years.
Missouri Court of Appeals. How many judges for eastern district, western district, and southern district? term of office? hears cases on appeal from?
eastern district: 14 judges
Western district: 11 judges
Southern district: 7 judges
12 year term of office
Hears cases on appeal from lower courts.
Missouri Court of Appeals requirements.
must be at least 30 years old. must be citizen of U.S. at least 15 years. must be qualified Missouri Voter at least 9 years.
Missouri Circuit Courts (trial courts). All cases under state law? term of office? circuit Court district?
All cases under state law first come to trial in one of the state's Circuit courts.
4 year term of office
44 circuit Court Districts.
Missouri Local Government-Municipalities. (For short answer look at second point. Just copied from study guide).
-Incorporated local government, meaning it is organized under Missouri Law with corporate and governmental characteristics.
-Cities, villages, and towns are considered municipalities. (Maplewood)
-Typically run by a mayor or city council.
Missouri Local Government-Townships (copied from study guide.)
-A sub-unit of county government with very limited powers.
-Usually, the main function of a township is road maintenance.
-There are 23 counties in Missouri with township government, mostly located in the northwest of the state.
Missouri Local Government-Counties (copied from study guide.)
-A county is a sub-unit of state government counties carry out crucial state functions such as taxation and law enforcement.
-There are 114 counties in Missouri (St. Louis County)
Missouri Local Government- Special Districts (copied from study guide.)
-A special district is usually a one-service local government.
-The most common special districts in Missouri provide fire protection, road maintenance, and water supply.
-Metropolitan sewer district
Missouri Local Government- School districts. (copied from study guide.)
-School districts administer and provide for public education.
-In Missouri, they function under dual control of local and state governmental mandates.
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