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Politics of the United States
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When and where was MO's first constitution?
What documents helped guide the delegates in writing the constitution?
Constitution of Kentucky
US Bill of Rights
What is one of the Missouri Constitution's basic principles and what does it mean?
"all political power is vested in and derived from the people"
People are in charge of the state government
Major Provisions of Missouri's first Constitution
-gave voters right to regulate state government
-gave voters right to alter or abolish the state constitution in part of full
-13 articles which covered:
*powers of executive
*powers of legislative
*interpretive powers of judicial branch
-provided guidelines on education, banking, state militia and amending Constitution
Missouri's first Governor
When was MO admitted to the Union?
1821 (24th state)
Similarities to US and other states
divided into 3 branches; no group can dominate power
When was the present Constitution written
Six offices in Executive Branch
-Secretary of State
Number of Departments in Executive Branch
occurs when a measure referred to the people for a vote by the General Assembly, or by a referendum petition, is approved by the people
occurs when a group of people write a proposal for a law and acquire enough signatures on a petition
How is the chief justice of MO Supreme Court Chosen?
Justices select one of their own to serve as chief justice
How long does the Chief Justice serve?
usually 2 years
What is one term for a MO Supreme Court Justice?
How many justices serve on the MO Supreme Court?
What type of cases does the Supreme court hear?
concerning Constitution of either US or state of MO
How long do judges on the Court of Appeals serve?
What type of cases do the court of appeals hear?
general appellate jurisdiction not within original jurisdiction of Supreme Court
How many Court of Appeals in MO? Where?
3- St. Louis, Kansas City (woot woot!), Springfield
Where do legal activities begin?
Nonpartisan court plan
method used for filling judgeship vacancies
1. When vacancy occurs, a judicial commission recommends three names to Governor.
2. Governor appoints one of the three. new judge begins immediately but term expires 12/31 following the next regular election.
3. If judge wants to keep job, must file for candidacy for election in November
4. If majority of people choose the judge, then he stays.
includes a violation of law which causes an injury to the state/society
disputes between persons (ex. divorce)
Responsibility of Judicial Branch
-interpret laws of the state as passed by the legislature
-also attempts to settle controversial issues
directs support of members of their party for the party's programs and objectives
What does the Speaker Pro Tem do?
presides over house when Speaker of the House is absent
Duties of Speaker of the House (SOH)
-appointing all committee members & chairpersons
-assigns new bills to House Committees
-signs all official papers of the house
Qualifications for serving in the House
-24 years old
-qualified voter for at least 2 years
-resident in district for at least 1 year
Term for A Missouri Representative
Secretary of Senate
responsible for recording each days' proceedings and maintaining all records
Majority and Minority floor leaders
-manages floor legislative action that the party is interested in
-Majority leaders sets schedule and order of business for the Senate
President Pro Tem
-ranking member of the Senate
-appoints all committees
-always from majority party
Qualifications for Missouri Senator
-30 years old
-qualified voter for at least 3 years
-resident in district for at least 1 year
Why are half of all senators elected every two years?
allows for 17 experienced senators
Term for Missouri Senator
Missouri's state capital
When does the MO legislature meet?
the first Wed after the first Mon in January
ends in the middle of May
veter sessions in September for no more than 10 days
What is so special about a special session of the General assembly?
-can be called by the governor at any time
-GA can all itself if 3/4 of both chambers agree
-only matters considered for legislative action for which the session was called
-no longer than 60 days
Two houses of MO legislature and how many members
House of Representatives: 163
Name of MO Legislature
Duties of Attorney General
-state's chief legal officer
-prosecute or defend all appeals to which the state is a party
-required to represent various state officials
-responsible for giving opinions to the GA, Governor, Sec. of State, Auditor, Treasurer
examines accounts for all agencies
*establishes accounting methods
Custodian of state funds
*invest money not needed or used
Duties of MO Secretary of State
-keeper of the Great Seal of the State of MO
-Custodian of the state's records
-Overseer of campaign practices
-State's chief election officer
-Enforcer of business and investment laws
-Major publisher of books and documents
Responsibilities of Lieutenant Governor
-do the duties of the governor should he have to leave
-Presides of MO senate
Legislative powers of Governor
-send messages to legislature covering budget & legislative program
-approve or veto bills
-call special sessions of the GA
Executive duties of Governor
-carry out the laws of the state
-has authority to fill vacancies in state/county offices
Qualifications for MO governor
-at least 30 years old
-citizen of US for at least 15 years
-resident of MO for at least 10 years
How many terms may a governor serve?
When and how often is the governor elected?
Presidential election years
every 4 years
Governor of MO
How is MO executive branch different from the federal government?
The 6 officers are elected individually and independently of one another. The president chooses his cabinet.
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