Missouri Constitution Test- Political Science

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What issue caused Missouri's official entrance into the union to be delayed?

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What issue caused Missouri's official entrance into the union to be delayed?

Slavery

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What state body is composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives?

The General Assembly

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What federal body is the general assembly comparable to?

Congress

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What is the term for a state law?

8 Years

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When do legislative sessions begin and end?

January-May

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What is the minimum age for a senator?

30

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What is the length of term for a senator?

4 years

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What is the maximum number of terms for a senator?

2 terms

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What is the Maximum number of years in the office for a senator?

8 Years

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What is the minimum age for a representative?

24

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What is the length of term for a representative?

2 years

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What is the maximum number of terms for a representative?

4 terms

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What is the Maximum number of years in the office for a representative?

8 years

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What state law limits the service of a senator, representative, or governor in our state?

Term Limits

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How many people serve in the Missouri Senate?

34

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How many people serve in the Missouri House of Representatives?

163

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What is the total number of people in the General Assembly?

197

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What official may sign or veto a bill passed by the General Assembly?

Governor

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What small groups receive bills and work out the details on these proposed bills before each house votes on them?

Committees

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What option is a governor using if he signs a part of a bill into law but he rejects another part or parts of the same bill?

Line-item veto

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What position is the Chief Executive of the state of Missouri?

The governor

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List 3 judicial actions that a governor may take as a part of his/her checks and balances

  1. Appoint Judges 2. Reprieve criminal sentencing 3. Pardon and Commute sentences

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How long is a governor's term and how many terms may one governor serve?

4 years and can serve 2 terms.

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What position would become governor in case of a vacancy before a term is completed?

Lieutenant governor

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Who is the president of the Missouri Senate?

Lieutenant governor

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What role would this official play if there is a tie vote in the Senate?

They would be the tie-breaking vote.

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What position keeps the official records of our state?

Secretary of State

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What position writes the checks to pay the official state bills?

State Treasurer

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What position would check the records to assure that Missouri funds are not being taken by state or county employees?

State Auditor

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What position would represent Missouri in a court case?

Attorney General

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How long are the terms of the governor, lieutenant governor, auditor, secretary of state, secretary of treasury, and attorney general?

4 years

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What department protects our wildlife?

Department of Conservation

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What department protects our supplies of resources?

Department of Natural Resources

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What department protects children and the elderly?

Department of Social Services

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What department sets programs for public schools?

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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What are the 3 divisions of our state courts (in order)?

Missouri Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, and the Circuit Courts.

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What local court is each county required to have?

Associate circuit court

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How many justices make up Missouri's Supreme Court ?

7

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Which branch of government decides if laws are constitutional?

Judicial Branch

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What type of crime can take away a person's right to vote while the sentence is being served?

Felony Offense

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What type of law can the citizens pass in an election after a special petition is signed and verified as valid?

Initiative

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What power gives Missouri's citizens the right to sign a valid petition and force a current law to be voted on by all eligible Missouri voters?

Referendum

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How many counties is Missouri divided into?

114+ St. Louis city

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What term identifies the central location for government offices in each county?

County Seat

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What type of building must all county seats have?

Courthouse

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What length of term applies to most all elected county positions in government?

4 year term

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What elected county official handles all election activities?

County Clerk

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What county official sells marriage licenses and keeps copies of these documents in a special vault?

County Recorder

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What county official keeps a copy of all land deeds pertaining to that county?

County Recorder

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What county official determines the value of land and all property to be taxed and sends out the bills?

County Assessor

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What county official takes the tax money from those who pay it?

County Collector

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What county official invests the county's money and then writes the checks to pay the county's bills?

County Treasurer

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What county official sets the official docket (calendar) for the court cases heard in that county?

Circuit Clerk

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What county official assists people with private business matters because they are not able to physically or mentally (declared by court order) to take care of themselves?

Public Administrator

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What group runs the county's business?

County Clerk

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What is the title of each of the 3 members of this group?

County Commissioners

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What county official represents the people in all court cases involving a criminal offense and attempts to bring justice and keep the people safe?

Prosecuting Attorney

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What official is the chief law enforcement officer in the county?

County Sheriff

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