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  • Jefferson City is Missouri’s capital

  • The state of Missouri, home to nearly 6 million people, has been a part of the union since 1820. Jefferson City has been the capital city since 1826 because of its central location.

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  • The state of Missouri, home to nearly 6 million people, has been a part of the union since 1820. Jefferson City has been the capital city since 1826 because of its central location.
    The state government has many similarities to the national government. The General Assembly contains a house of representatives and a senate.
    The House of Representatives has 163 members, each elected for two-year terms. Representatives must be at least 24 years old, and they must have been a qualified voter in the state for at least two years and in the district they serve for at least one year.
    The Senate has 34 members, elected for four-year terms. Senators must be at least 30 years old and a qualified voter of the state for three years and of the district they represent for at least one year. The lieutenant governor is president and presiding officer of the Senate.
    To pass a law, legislation is first introduced in either the House or the Senate. Once it is introduced, it is moved to a designated committee. From there it gets debated on the floor of the house where it was introduced. If the legislation passes, it moves to the other legislative body and it goes through the same process. If it is passed in the second house, it moves to a conference committee, which is made up of members of both houses. The committee compromises to come up with the final bill that is then approved or rejected by the House and Senate. After this process is completed, the governor receives the bill and can either sign it into law, veto it, or allow it to go into effect without his signature.
    For more information visit the official Missouri government Web site at www.missouri.gov. For the General Assembly Web site visit www.moga.mo.gov.
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