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The Missouri General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Missourimarker. The bicameral General Assembly is composed of a 34-member Senate, and a 163-member House of Representativesmarker. Members of both houses of the General Assembly are subject to term limits. Senators are limited to two four-year terms, and representatives to four two-year terms; a total of 8 years for members of both houses.

The General Assembly meets at the State Capitol in Jefferson Citymarker.

Qualifications

Members of the House of Representatives must be 24 years of age to be elected. Representatives also must be a qualified Missouri voter for two years, and a resident of the county or district of their constituency for one year. Senators must be 30 years of age, a qualified Missouri voter for three years, and similar to House qualifications, must be a resident of their senatorial constituency for one year prior to their election.

Sessions and quorum

According to Article III, Section 20 of the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly must convene on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January following the state general election. The General Assembly may provide by law for the introduction of bills during the period between the first day of December and the first Wednesday after the first Monday of January. Regular sessions continue until the legislature's adjournment at midnight on May 30. Neither the House nor Senate, without the consent of the other chamber, adjourn for more than ten days at any one time, nor to any other place than that in which the two houses may be sitting.

As a part-time legislature, compensation is low with the General Assembly, and most senators and representatives hold jobs outside their legislative duties. Law makers are paid $31,351 per legislative year.

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