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Politics of the United States
MO Constitution STUDY GUIDE [graduation requirement]
Test will be 20 multiple choice questions
Terms in this set (32)
Length of one term of the governor of MO
Length of one term of a MO State Senator
Length of one term of a MO State Representative
Minimum age to run for MO Governor
Minimum age to run for MO State Senate
30 years old
Minimum age to run for MO State House of Representatives
24 years old
According to the Missouri State Constitution, all political power of the state is vested in and derives from ___
The people of the State of Missouri
The function of the Missouri State General Assembly is to ___
Create and pass laws
Which part of state government has the power to impeach an elected official?
House of Representatives
What is the name for the combined houses of the Missouri legislature?
Who becomes governor if the current governor cannot finish his/her term?
Missouri has three of these courts, which have the primary responsibility to hear cases from lower courts.
Courts of Appeals
This government official can:
-act as Commander-in-Chief of the state militia [National Guard]
-fill vacancies in executive offices
-grant reprieves and pardons
-sign bills into state law
This government official presides over the state senate and can cast a vote in the case of a tie
This is a process in which a bill is referred from the legislature to the the voters in order to avoid governor veto. It is also a process by which voters can approve a law that is passed by the legislature.
This government official presides over the Missouri House of Representatives
Speaker of the House
This government official is the keeper of the Great Seal of MO, maintains state records, and is responsible for conducting the state's elections
Secretary of State
This government official represents the state in legal matters, serving as the head lawyer for Missouri.
This government official is responsible for examining the accounts for all state agencies [and local governments upon request] to make sure they are using state money responsibly.
This plan has the following steps for fulfilling judicial vacancies [know these]
--A bipartisan committee reviews applications and conducts interviews for potential judges.
--The committee then generates a list of potential judges based on the qualifications/merit
--The Governor appoints a state judge from this approved list of judges within 60 days [or the panel will select the judge]
--Judges are then retained or removed by MO voters through elections
Missouri Plan [for judicial selection]
What are the qualifications to become MO governor?
At least 30 years old, resident of MO for 10 years, Citizen of the US for 15 years
How many judges are on the Missouri's State Supreme Court?
[all selected through the nonpartisan plan AKA the Missouri Plan]
The state of Missouri has term limits for each chamber of the General Assembly.
How many years can an individual be elected to serve in either house of the General Assembly?
[4 two year terms in the House / 2 four year terms in the Senate]
State Capital of Missouri
This government official is responsible for managing state funds.
State executive officials can BEST be compared with
The President's Cabinet
Member of the Senate [elected by the members] who presides over his respective chamber when the President of the Senate is unavailable. What position is being described?
President Pro Tempore
Number of members in the Missouri Senate
Number of members in the Missouri House of Representatives
General assembly must have ___ to override a Governor's veto
Two-thirds vote in each house
The mandatory retirement age for Missouri judges
70 years old
The three levels of the Missouri judicial Branch
Circuit --> Appeals --> Supreme
Hears cases appealed from the courts of appeals, OR those involving the death penalty, the MO Constitution, the state's revenue laws, etc. Highest court in Missouri
Missouri Supreme Court
Capital of Missouri
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