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MBS Constitution

The United States and each of the fifty states that comprise the United States have established constitutions. The constitution of each state represents the supreme law of our country. The state constitutions cannot take away any rights given to the people by the United States Constitution and cannot contravene or contradict the provisions of the United States Constitution. The constitution is the backbone of our form of government. It is the document that makes the United States a nation governed by laws and not by men. Through such national crises as civil war, political corruption, depression and world wars, our form of government has survived due to a great extent to the solid foundation established by our forefathers in the form of our Constitution. All of the individual rights and freedoms we treasure and cherish so much originate in the Constitution. This document has withstood unprecedented social change in our country and remains as important to the citizens of this nation today as it was to our ancestors.

As a mythical fifty-first state, Missouri Boys State has its own constitution. The Constitution of Missouri Boys State is the supreme law of Missouri Boys State subject only to the provisions of the United States Constitution. It establishes the governmental structure of Missouri Boys State, creates the rights of the citizens and controls the way laws are passed and the type of laws that may be passed. Each elected and appointed official takes an oath to support the Missouri Boys State Constitution and by this oath to act in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

There are two main sections to the MBS Constitution, as well as an additional set of laws that govern Missouri Boys State:

Preamble

Articles

Statutes

 

Like the United States Constitution, the Preamble of the MBS Constitution sets down the basic idea behind the constitution. It explains why it was written and what it is intended to accomplish.

The Preamble

We the People of Boys State of Missouri - grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long, permitted us to enjoy, and trusting in Him for blessings upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations in order to form a perfect government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for Boys State of Missouri.

Articles

The bulk to the MBS Constitution, the Articles outline the guidelines that make up Missouri Boys State. Without these laws and parameters, the state simply could not exist, and thus the Articles are the backbone of the state. There are 12 Articles in the Missouri Boys State Constitution:
[I- Boundaries] [II- Bill of Rights] [III- Distribution of Powers] [IV- Legislative Department] [V- Executive Department] [VI- Judicial Department] [VII- Suffrage] [VIII- Revenue] [IX- Counties] [X- Corporations] [XI- Amendments to the Constitution] [XII- Initiative and Referendum]


ARTICLE I - BOUNDARIES

The boundaries and jurisdiction of the state shall be that part of the buildings, grounds, campus, streets, roadways and other property, that is set aside for the uses and purposes of Boys State.


ARTICLE II - BILL OF RIGHTS

Section 1. All men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Section 2. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

Section 3. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity on account of his religious opinions; but with the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.

Section 4. Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty; and in all trials for libel, both civil and criminal, the truth when published with good motives and for justifiable ends, shall be sufficient defense.

Section 5. The right of trial by jury, as heretofore enjoyed, shall remain inviolate.

Section 6. The rights of the people to be secure in their homes, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrant shall be issued without probable cause supported by affidavit, particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.

Section 7. All persons shall be bailable by sufficient sureties, except for capital offenses where the proof is evident or the presumption great; and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion of the public safety may require it.

Section 8. No person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense unless on indictment of a grand jury, or on information by the prosecuting attorney, except cases in which the punishment is by fine, or imprisonment otherwise than in the penitentiary; in cases of impeachment; and in cases arising in the army and navy, or in the militia when in actual service in time of war or public danger.

Section 9. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to appear and defend in person and by counsel; to demand the nature and cause of the accusation, and to have a copy thereof; to meet the witness face to face, and to have process to compel the attendance of witnesses in his behalf, and a speedy trial by an impartial jury of the county or district in which the offense is alleged to have been committed.

Section 10. No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to give evidence against himself or be twice put in jeopardy for the same offense.

Section 11. All penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense; and no conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate; nor shall any person be transported out of the state for any offense committed within the same.

Section 12. Private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use without just compensation. Such compensation, when not made by the state, shall be ascertained by a jury, as shall be prescribed by law.

Section 13. No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or making any irrevocable grant of special privilege or immunities, shall be passed.

Section 14. The military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

Section 15. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war except in the manner prescribed by law.

Section 16. The people have the right to assemble in a peaceful manner to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives, and to apply for redress of grievances.

Section 17. All elections shall be free and equal and provide for a secret ballot.

Section 18. Every person is entitled to a certain remedy in the laws for all injuries and wrongs which he may receive in his person, property or reputation; he is entitled to obtain by law, right and justice freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely and without denial; promptly and without delay.

Section 19. Adherence to the fundamental principles of civil government is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty.


ARTICLE III - DISTRIBUTION OF POWERS

The powers of the government of this State are divided into three distinct department the Legislative, Executive and Judicial; and no person, or collection of persons, being one of these departments, shall exercise any power properly belonging to either of the others, except as hereinafter expressly directed or permitted, but the people reserve the power of initiative and referendum as hereinafter provided.


ARTICLE IV - LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

Section 1. The legislative power shall be vested in a general assembly, which shall consist of a senate and a house of representatives, both to be elected by the people.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Missouri and the Constitution of Boys State, and will faithfully discharge the duties of Senator (or Representative) according to the best of my ability; and that I have not knowingly or intentionally paid or contributed anything, or made any promise in the nature of a bribe, to directly or indirectly influence any vote at the election at which I was chosen to fill the said office, and have not accepted, nor will I accept, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing from any corporation, company or person for any vote or influence I may give or withhold on any bill, resolution, or appropriation, or for any other official act."

ELECTION
Section 2. An election for members of the general assembly shall be held during each yearly session of Boys State, in each county, and at such places therein as may be provided by law. When vacancies occur, special elections within the city affected will be held to fill such vacancies.

ELIGIBILITY
Section 3. No person shall be a senator or a representative who shall not have been enrolled as a resident of Boys State. Every senator and representative at the time of his election shall be a resident within the territory forming the district from which he is elected. A senator or representative shall not hold any other elective or appointive governmental office while serving in the legislature. He must resign any such office prior to taking the oath of office as a member of the general assembly. If he is subsequently elected or appointed to a state office, he must resign from the general assembly before taking the other office.

Section 4. No person who has been, or hereafter shall be convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, nor any person who has been or may be a collector or holder of public monies, who shall not have accounted for and paid over, according to law, all such monies due from him, shall be eligible to the general assembly, or to any office of profit or trust in this state.

OATH OF OFFICE
Section 5. Members of the general assembly before they enter upon their official duties, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

This oath shall be administered by the governor or by a judge of the Supreme or Circuit Court in the hall of the house to which the member is elected, and the secretary of state shall record and file the oath subscribed by each member. Any member who shall refuse to take the oath herein prescribed shall forfeit his office, and every member who shall be convicted of having sworn falsely to, or of violating his said oath, shall forfeit his office and be disqualified thereafter from holding any office of profit or trust in this state.

APPORTIONMENT - SENATORIAL
Section 6. Each city in Missouri Boys State shall be a senatorial district and shall elect three senators, whose term of office shall be one year.

REPRESENTATIVES
Section 7. Each city in Missouri Boys State shall be a legislative district and shall elect six representatives, whose term of office shall be one year.

Section 8. Senatorial and legislative districts may be changed from time to time as the officers and directors of Boys State may prescribe.

TIME OF MEETING AND GENERAL RULES
Section 9. The sessions of the general assembly shall commence at such time and place as prescribed by the officers and directors of Boys State in the schedule of activities for Boys State. A majority of the members elected to each house shall constitute a quorum. Each house shall determine the rules of its proceedings, and be the judge of the election, returns and qualifications of its members; shall choose its own officers; and the Senate shall choose a temporary president to preside when the lieutenant governor shall not attend as president, or shall act as governor. The legislative counselors shall call the House of Representatives to order at the opening of each new assembly, and preside over it until a temporary presiding officer thereof shall have been chosen and shall have taken his seat. No member shall be expelled by either house, except by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to that house, and no member shall be twice expelled for the same offense. Each house may punish by expelling any person, not a member, who shall be guilty of disrespect to the house by disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its presence. But no such expulsion shall extend beyond twenty-four hours at one time, unless the person shall persist in such disorderly or contemptuous behavior.

Section 10. The door of each house and of committees of the whole shall be kept open, except in such cases as, in the opinion of the house, require secrecy. Neither house shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than one day, or to any other place than that in which the two houses shall be sitting. Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings, which shall be published. In the senate, at the request of five members, and in the house, at the request of ten members, the yeas and nays shall be taken on any question, and entered upon the journal. Any three members of either house shall have liberty to dissent from and protest, in respectful language, against any act or resolution which they think injurious to the public or to any individual, and have the reasons of their dissent entered upon the journal.

STYLE OF LAWS AND PASSAGE OF BILLS
Section 11. The style of the laws of this state shall be: "Be it Enacted by the People of Boys State, Represented in the General Assembly:"

Section 12. Bills may originate in either house, except for appropriation bills which shall originate in the house. Any bill may be altered, amended or rejected by the other; and, on the final passage of all bills, the vote shall be by yeas and nays, upon each bill separately, and shall be entered upon the journal; and no bill shall become a law without the concurrence of a majority of the members elected to each house.

Section 13. Every bill shall be read at large at two different sessions, in each house; and every bill, having passed both houses, shall be signed by the presiding officers thereof. No act hereafter passed shall embrace more than one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title. But, if any subject shall be embraced in an act which shall not be expressed in the title, such act shall be void only as to so much thereof as shall not be so expressed; and no law shall be revived or amended by reference to its title only, but the law revived, or the section amended, shall be inserted at length in the new act. And no act of the general assembly shall take effect until the first day of July next after its passage, unless, in case of emergency (which emergency shall be expressed in preamble or body of the act), the general assembly shall, by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, otherwise direct.

PRIVILEGES AND DISABILITIES
Section 14. Senators and representatives shall, in all cases, except treason, felony or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during the session of the general assembly, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

Section 15. No personal elected to the general assembly shall receive any civil appointment within the state from the governor, the governor and senate, or from the general assembly, during the term for which he shall have been elected; and all such appointments for any such members for any such office or appointment, shall be void; nor shall any member of the general assembly be interested, either directly or indirectly, in any contract with the state, or any county thereof, authorized by any law passed during the term for which he shall have been elected, or within one year after the expiration thereof.

PUBLIC MONEYS AND APPROPRIATIONS
Section 16. The House of Representatives shall initiate all appropriation bills pertaining to the disbursement of Boys State Bucks.

Section 17. The general assembly shall have the ability to levy taxes in Boys State Bucks as they deem necessary.

Section 18. The general assembly may grant compensation in Boys State Bucks to citizens of Boys State for services rendered the state.

Section 19. The general assembly may pass laws imposing Boys State Buck fines on any citizen of Boys State.

Section 20. The members of the general assembly shall receive compensation in Boys State Bucks for their services in the general assembly.

IMPEACHMENT
Section 21. All elective executive officials of the state shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misconduct, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.

Section 22. The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. All impeachments shall be tried before the Supreme Court, except that the governor or a member of the Supreme Court shall be tried by a special commission of seven eminent jurists to be selected by the senate. The Supreme Court or special commission shall take an oath to try impartially the person impeached, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of five-sevenths of the court or special commission.

Section 23. Judgment of impeachment shall not extend beyond removal from office, but shall not prevent punishment of such officer by the courts on charges growing out of the same matter.

MISCELLANEOUS
Section 24. Boys State shall never be made defendant in a court of law or equity.

Section 25. No law shall be passed which shall operate to extend the term of any public officer after his election or appointment.

Section 26. The general assembly shall have the power to authorize a state lottery or gift enterprise for the purpose of raising state revenues in Boys State Bucks.

Section 27. It shall be considered a felony for any person to willfully forge, alter or counterfeit Boys State Bucks.


ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

Section 1. The Executive Department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, and attorney general, who shall each hold his office for the term of one year from the date of his election and until his successor is elected and qualified. They shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law.

ELECTION
Section 2. An election for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, and attorney general shall be held at such time as set by the counselors of Boys State.

Section 3. The results of the election for the above named officers shall be sealed up and transmitted by the election officials to the secretary of state directed to the "speaker of the house of representatives," who shall, immediately after the organization of the House and before proceeding to other business, open and publish the same in the presence of a majority of each house of the general assembly, who shall, for that purpose, assemble in the hall of the house of representatives. The person having the highest number of votes for either of said offices shall be declared duly elected; but if two or more have an equal, and the highest number of votes, a special election shall immediately be held between the candidates having the highest number of votes. Contested elections for all of said offices shall be determined by both houses of the general assembly, by joint ballot, in such manner as may be prescribed by rule.

ELIGIBILITY
Section 4. No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, or attorney general, who shall not at the time of his election be a citizen of Boys State. Neither the governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, or attorney general shall be eligible to hold any other office during the period for which he shall be elected.

GOVERNOR
Section 5. The supreme executive power shall be vested in the governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

Section 6. The governor shall at the commencement of each session, and the close of his term of office, give to the general assembly information, by message, of the condition of the state, and shall recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient.

Section 7. The governor may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the general assembly, by proclamation, stating therein the purpose for which they are convened; and the general assembly shall enter upon no business except that for which they were called together.

Section 8. In case of a disagreement between the two houses with respect to the time of adjournment, the governor may, on the same being certified to him by the house first moving the adjournment, adjourn the general assembly to such time as he thinks proper, not beyond the first day of the next regular session.

Section 9. The governor shall nominate by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint all officers whose offices are established by this constitution, or which may be created by law, and whose appointment or election is not otherwise provided for; and no such officer shall be appointed or elected by the general assembly.

Section 10. In case of a vacancy, during the recess of the senate, in any office which is not elective, the governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the senate, when he shall nominate some person to fill such office; and any person so nominated who is confirmed by the senate (a majority of all the senators elected concurring by years and nays), shall hold his office during the remainder of the term, and until his successor shall be appointed and qualified. No person, after being rejected by the senate, shall be again nominated for the same office at the same session, unless at the request of the senate, or be appointed to the same office during the recess of the general assembly.

Section 11. The governor shall have the power to remove any officer whom he may appoint, in case of incompetency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office; and he may declare his office vacant and fill the same as is herein provided in other cases of vacancy.

Section 12. The governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons, after convictions, for all offenses, subject to such regulations as may be provided by law relative to the manner of applying therefor.

Section 13. The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the military and naval force of the state (except when they shall be called into the service of the United States); and may call out the same to execute the laws, suppress insurrection and repel invasion.

Section 14. The governor and all civil officers of the state shall be liable to impeachment for any misdemeanor in office.

APPROVAL OF OR VETO OF BILLS
Section 15. Every bill passed by the general assembly shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor. If he approves, he shall sign it. Upon execution by the governor, the bill shall become law for the session of Missouri Boys State in which the bill was enacted. At the end of each session of Boys State, all laws enacted during such session shall be submitted to the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors for approval and if approved, the law shall be published and become part of the permanent statues of Missouri Boys State.

Section 16. If the governor does not approve the bill, he shall return it with his objections, to the house in which it originated, which house shall enter the objections at large upon its journal and proceed to reconsider the bill. If then two-thirds of the members elected agree to pass the same, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered; and if approved by two-thirds of the members elected to that house, it shall become a law notwithstanding the objections of the governor; but in all such cases the vote of each house shall be determined by yeas and nays, to be entered upon the journal. Any bill which shall not be returned by the governor within one day after it shall have been presented to him shall become a law as if he had signed it, unless the general assembly shall by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall be filed with his objections, in the office of the secretary of state within one day after such adjournment, or become a law.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Section 17. In case of the death, conviction or impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation, absence from the state, or other disability of the governor, the powers duties and emoluments of the office for the residue of the term, or until the disability shall be removed, shall devolve upon the lieutenant governor.

Section 18. The lieutenant governor shall be president of the senate, and shall vote only when the senate is equally divided. The senate shall choose a president, pro tempore, to preside in case of the absence or impeachment of the lieutenant governor, or when he shall hold the office of governor.

Section 19. If there be no lieutenant governor, or if the lieutenant governor shall, for any of the causes specified in section seventeen of this article, become incapable of performing the duties of the office, the president of the senate shall act as governor until the vacancy is filled or the disability removed; and if the president of the senate, for any of the above named causes, shall become incapable of performing the duties of governor, the same shall devolve upon the speaker of the house of representatives.

OTHER STATE OFFICERS
Section 20. If the office of secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, or attorney general shall be vacated by death, resignation or otherwise, it shall be the duty of the governor to fill the same by appointment and the appointee shall hold his office until his successor shall be elected in such manner as provided law. An account shall be kept by the officers of the Executive Department and an annual report thereof shall be made to the governor under oath; any officer who makes a false report shall be guilty of perjury and punished accordingly.

SEAL OF STATE
Section 21. There shall be a seal of the state which shall be called the "Great Seal of Boys State of Missouri," which shall be kept by the secretary of state while Boys State is in session and used by him, officially as directed by law.

FEE AND SALARIES
Section 22. The officers named in this article shall receive monetary compensation for their services in the form of Boys State Bucks as approved by the general assembly.

DEFINITION
Section 23. An office is a public position created by the constitution or law, continuing during the pleasure of the appointing power, or for a fixed time, with a successor elected or appointed. An employment is an agency, for a temporary purpose, which ceases when that purpose is accomplished.

OATH OF OFFICE
Section 24. All civil officers, except members of the general assembly and such inferior officers as may be by law exempted, shall, before they enter on the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Missouri, and the Constitution of Boys State, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of ___________________ according to the best of my ability."


ARTICLE VI - JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

Section 1. The judicial power of Missouri Boys State shall be vested in a supreme court, and one general trial court known as a circuit court with three different types of judges; circuit judges, associate circuit judges and municipal judges.

Section 2. All justices of the Supreme Court and all judges of courts shall be citizens of Missouri Boys State, and licensed attorneys of Missouri Boys State. No person shall be eligible for the office of circuit judge or associate circuit judge unless he be a resident of the circuit or county in which he is elected. No person shall be eligible for the office of municipal judge unless he be a resident of the city in which he is elected.

Section 3. The term of office of each justice, the chief justice, and all judges of courts shall be for one year during which time he will serve without compensation.

SUPREME COURT
Section 4. The Supreme Court shall be the highest court in the state. Its jurisdiction shall be coextensive with the state. Its decisions shall be controlling in all other courts. It shall be composed of seven justices, one of whom shall be chief justice. It shall hold one session annually and such other sessions as may be prescribed by rule of court or as otherwise prescribed by law. Four justices concurring shall be necessary to a decision.

Section 5. The Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction over all judgments of circuit courts and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law.

Section 6. The justices of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the citizens of Missouri Boys State. The person having the highest number of votes for justice shall be the chief justice and preside over the Supreme Court. If two or more persons have an equal and the highest number of votes for justice, then the Supreme Court shall from among these persons elect a chief justice. If two or more persons have an equal number of votes for the last vacancy on the court, after the general election, then there shall be a special election among the candidates tied for the last vacancy to elect one of such persons to be justice.

Section 7. If the office of any justice becomes vacant for any reason, then the Supreme Court by simple majority shall nominate three qualified persons from whom the governor shall appoint one person to be the justice. If the office of chief justice becomes vacant for any reason, then the Supreme Court shall elect from its number a chief justice.

Section 8. The Supreme Court shall have superintending control over all courts, may establish rules of practice and procedure for the courts, and may temporarily transfer judicial personnel to another court as the administration of justice may require. Any rule of court may be annulled by a law limited to the purpose.

Section 9. The decisions and rules of the Supreme Court shall be announced in open court and recorded by the clerk of the court and shall be free for publication.

Section 10. The Supreme Court may appoint a clerk, reporter, and marshal and such deputies for each official as the court deems necessary. Such officials shall serve at the pleasure of the court.

CIRCUIT COURT
Section 11. There shall be a circuit court for each county comprised of three types of judges: circuit judge, associate circuit judge and municipal judge. One term of court shall be held in every circuit each year.

CIRCUIT JUDGE
Section 12. The circuit judge shall have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal case, not otherwise provided for by law, and appellate jurisdiction over associate circuit judges and municipal judges. They shall have such other jurisdiction as may otherwise be provided for by law.

ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE
Section 13. The associate circuit judge shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit judge. The associate circuit judge may appoint a clerk who shall serve at the pleasure of the court.

MUNICIPAL JUDGE
Section 14. There shall be two municipal judges in each county, one in each city. The municipal judge shall have jurisdiction over all cases having to do with violations of city ordinances and none other.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 15. All courts shall be courts of record.

Section 16. If the office of either the circuit judge or the associate circuit judge becomes vacant there shall be a special election held within the county affected to fill the unexpired term of the office. If the office of municipal judge becomes vacant there shall be a special election within the city affected to fill the unexpired term of office.

Section 17. The general assembly may for cause entered on the journals, and upon due notice and hearing with the accused present and afforded an opportunity to defend, remove from office any justice or judge, providing three fourths of all elected members concur. The chief justice shall preside over all such proceedings.

Section 18. All process shall run: In the Name of the People of Boys State of Missouri, and all prosecutions shall be carried on: In the Name and by Authority of the People of Boys State of Missouri, and conclude: Against the Peace and Dignity of the State.


ARTICLE VII - SUFFRAGE

Section 1. Every person having fulfilled all the requirements prescribed by the officers and directors of Boys State for admission to Boys State shall be a resident of Boys State during the term for which he is enrolled and shall be entitled to vote.

Section 2. All votes shall be by secret ballot. Electors shall in all cases, except for treason, felony or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at elections and in going to and returning from the same.

Section 3. No elector shall be deemed to have lost his residence in this state by reason of his absence on business of the United States or of the State of Missouri or of Boys State.

Section 4. No soldier, seaman or marine in the Army or Navy of the United States or member of the National Guard of the State of Missouri shall be deemed a resident of Boys State in consequence of being stationed on the premises occupied by Boys State.

Section 5. The general assembly may pass laws excluding from the right of suffrage, all persons convicted of infamous crimes.

Section 6. The education policy and program of Boys State shall be under supervision and direction of officers of Boys State.


ARTICLE VIII - REVENUE

Section 1. The general assembly shall have the power to levy taxes, establish a state lottery, and assess fines for violations of the Boys State Constitution and statues only in the form of Boys State Bucks.

Section 2. The director of revenue shall collect an income tax of ten percent from each citizen and business. This shall be collected in Boys State Bucks only.

Section 3. Income is hereby defined as all Boys State Bucks distributed to each citizen, salaries and wages, business profits, rents, royalties, fees for services, interest, and profits from any private or commercial activity.

Section 4. The general assembly shall have no power to levy taxes against any political subdivision of Missouri Boys State.


ARTICLE IX - COUNTIES

Section 1. New counties may be formed from year to year as the officers and directors of Boys State may prescribe.

Section 2. In forming counties each county shall contain as near as possible an equal number of residents.

COUNTY OFFICERS
Section 3. In each county there shall be elected the following county officers at the general election to be held on the third full day of each session of Boys State: circuit judge, associate circuit judge, county commissioners, county clerk, sheriff, clerk of the circuit court (who shall be ex officio recorder of deeds), and prosecuting attorney. Each of said officers shall enter upon the duties of his office immediately after his election and they shall hold their respective offices for the term of one year and until their successors are elected and qualified.

Section 4. No county officers shall receive any monetary compensation for services rendered except in Boys State Bucks.

Section 5. The number of the deputies and assistant of such county officers shall be fixed by law.


ARTICLE X - CORPORATIONS

Section 1. There shall be no corporations created by the general assembly of Missouri Boys State.

Section 2. Citizens at Boys State may form corporations, partnerships, associations, or other business or service organizations.

BANKS
Section 3. A Boys State Bank is hereby created. By act of the Board of Directors, it is to be called the "Charlie Mickey Bank". The Charlie Mickey Bank shall be the only bank in Boys State to receive, exchange, and hold United States Currency. The bank shall be under the exclusive management and supervision of the officers and directors of Boys State, with the help of the Boys State treasurer.

Section 4. Citizens may organize banks to receive, exchange, hold, and loan Boys State Bucks. Citizen-organized banks are prohibited from dealing in U.S. currency.


ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Section 1. Whenever two-thirds of the members of each house of the general assembly shall, by a vote entered upon the journals thereof, concur that a convention is necessary to revise, alter or amend the constitution, the question shall be submitted to the electors at the next general election. If a majority voting at the election vote for a convention, the general assembly shall, at the next session, provide for a convention, to consist of double the number of members of the senate, to be elected in the same manner, at the same places and in the same districts. The general assembly shall, in the Act of calling the convention, designate the day, hour and place of its meeting. Before proceeding, the members shall take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and the State of Missouri and Boys State, and to faithfully discharge their duties as members of the convention. The qualification of members shall be the same as that of members of the senate, and vacancies occurring shall be filled in the manner provided for filling vacancies in the general assembly. Said convention shall meet within one year after such election and prepare such revision, alteration or amendments of the constitution as shall be deemed necessary, which shall be submitted to the electors for their ratification or rejection, at an election appointed by the convention for that purpose at the next session of Boys State; and unless so submitted, and approved by a majority of the electors voting at the election, no such revision, alteration or amendments shall take effect.

Section 2. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed in either house of the general assembly, and if the same shall be voted for by two-thirds of all the members elected to each of the two houses, such proposed amendments, together with the yeas and nays of each house thereon, shall be entered in full on their respective journals, and said amendments shall be submitted to the electors of this state for adoption or rejection, at the next election of members of the general assembly, in such manner as may be prescribed by law. The proposed amendments shall be published in full at least one month preceding the election, and if a majority of the electors voting said election shall vote for the proposed amendments, they shall become a part of this constitution. But the general assembly shall have no power to propose amendments to more than one article of this constitution at the same session, nor to the same article more often than once in four years.

Section 3. Each Constitutional Amendment properly enacted shall be submitted to the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors for approval and if approved, the Constitutional Amendment shall take effect and become a part of this constitution.


ARTICLE XII - INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM

Section 1. The people reserve to themselves the power to propose laws and constitutional amendments through the initiative process and to adopt or reject the same at the polls.

Section 2. The people reserve to themselves the power to review all laws and constitutional amendments passed during
any one session of Boys State through the process of referendum and to approve or reject the same at the polls.

Section 3. A petition seeking to initiate a proposed law or constitutional amendment or to conduct a referendum on a law or referendum is required to have valid signatures by registered voters equal to five percent of the citizens of Boys State. The five percent must be made up geographically of two-thirds of the counties of Boys State. The sponsor of the petition may pick any of the several counties to qualify. Each qualifying county must have no fewer than five percent of its registered voters signing the petition. Each petition must clearly state the initiative or referendum proposed. Signatures must be on the petition.

Section 4. Petitions should be filed with the secretary of state, or in his absence the director of Missouri Boys State. Where a defect in the part petitions from a particular county operates to reduce the number of sufficient signature, the committee or person in charge of circulating such petitions, is not entitled to file additional signatures to cure such defects.

Section 5. Verification should occur forthwith. Upon verification, the secretary of state or the director of Missouri Boys State shall submit to the electors of the state for their approval or rejection such law or constitutional amendment at the next general election or at a special election to be called by the governor. The ballot language shall be determined by the secretary of state or director.

Section 6. Any law passed at a prior session of Missouri Boys State shall not be subject to referendum. All laws or constitutional amendments passed by initiative or approved after referendum shall, by a vote of the Board of Directors of Boys State, be adopted.

Section 7. The initiative and referendum powers are hereby reserved to the people of each city and county on all questions which such cities and counties may now or hereafter be authorized to control by legislative action. Initiative and referendum petitions for cities and counties shall clearly state the issue to be addressed by the electorate and contain on the petition signatures comprising no fewer than twenty percent of registered voters in the city or county.

Section 8. With respect to city or county initiative or referendum elections, petitions shall be verified by duly authorized election officials and ballot language prepared by same. The chief executive officer of the city or county may hold the election at the next general election or at a special election held in the jurisdiction petitioned.

 

Statutes

Each year, the General Assembly of Missouri Boys State has the opportunity to pass laws and if approved by the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors, these laws are published and become part of the permanent statutes of Missouri Boys State. These statutes cover a wide range of subjects and govern the conduct of the citizens while attending Boys State. These statutes are enforced by the Boys State Highway Patrol and each citizen must abide by the statutes. The following are the Missouri Boys State Statutes:

An Act to Establish a Commission to Codify the Laws of Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 22, 1938.

Be It Enacted by the People of the Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. A commission to codify the laws of Missouri Boys State shall consist of the majority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, two appointees of the governor, two officials of Boys State.

Section 2. Two officials of Boys State shall be appointed by the president of Missouri Boys State of Missouri, a corporation.

Section 3. The chairman and the secretary of the aforesaid committee shall be elected by the members of the commission.

 

An Act to Provide for the Publication and Preservation of the Laws of Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 23, 1938.

Be It Enacted by the People of the Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. From and after the date of the enactment hereof all laws duly enacted by Missouri Boys State shall be preserved by the recordation thereof in proper permanent books of record.

Section 2. These laws shall be published in pamphlet form and copies thereof distributed to all future citizens of Boys State for their proper guidance.

 

An Act to Regulate the Police of Premises of Missouri Boys State and to Prevent Desecration Thereof.
Approved June 25, 1939.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No person or persons whomsoever shall throw waste paper, food or any rubbish or debris of any kind or debris of any kind or character on or about the premises of Missouri Boys State except in receptacles provided for that purpose.

Section 2. Any person or persons violating the provisions of this Act shall be punished by sentence to policing the grounds for not more than one hour.

Section 3. Trial of cases arising under the provisions hereof shall be in the Circuit Court by either a circuit court judge or an associate circuit court judge.

 

An Act to Promote the General Welfare of Missouri Boys State by Elimination of Unnecessary Vulgarity.
Approved June 23, 1939.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No person or persons shall use, utter or expose any vulgar or obscene language or signs or signals in the presence of any woman or girls who might be upon the premises of Boys State.

Section 2. No citizen of Boys State shall utter any such language walking to or from the activities of Boys State.

Section 3. Any citizens convicted of violating any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished not to exceed one hour of policing the grounds of Boys State.

 

An Act to Protect the Health of Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 24, 1939.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No person or persons whomsoever shall be admitted to attendance at Missouri Boys State unless they shall have first been vaccinated or inoculated against smallpox infection.

 

An Act to Prevent the Perpetration of Frauds upon the Citizens of Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 24, 1939.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No person or persons shall offer for sale or sell any goods, wares, or merchandise of any kind or character within the limits of Boys State at any price in excess of the average price for the same or similar goods, ware or merchandise.

Section 2. Any person or persons, collectively or individually as associations or corporations who shall violate the provisions of this Act shall be forever barred from transacting any business upon the premises of Boys State.

Section 3. All citizens of Boys State shall cooperate in the enforcement of this Act by refusing to purchase from any one convicted of violation of the provisions hereof.

Section 4. No citizens of Boys State shall take from any merchant any item not included in the purchase price such as cartons, bottles and the like.

Section 5. Any citizen of Boys State who shall violate the Provisions of Section IV hereof shall be tried in the Circuit Court of any Circuit within the State and if convicted shall be punished by a sentence to policing of the premises of Boys State for a period of not to exceed one hour.

 

An act to Prevent and Punish Wrongs Committed at Boys State.
Approved June 24, 1939.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any citizen of Boys State to leave the premises occupied by Boys State during the session of Boys State, without the consent of the director or one of the officers of Boys State.

Section 2. Any citizen of Boys State found guilty of violating the provisions of Section I of this Act, may be dismissed from Boys State at the discretion of the officers and directors of Boys State, or punished by a sentence to policing of the premises of Boys State for a period not to exceed one hour.

 

An Act to Establish a Missouri Boys State Flag.
Approved June 23, 1950.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. A Boys State flag shall be flown at all times with the American Flag during the duration of Missouri Boys State and shall be the official flag of Missouri Boys State.

Section 2. The flag shall be red, white and blue striped with red on top, white in the middle and blue on the bottom with the official Missouri Boys State emblem which consists of the outline of the State of Missouri with the American Legion insignia in the center and the word Missouri above the emblem and Boys State below; the size of which will be five feet by three feet.

 

An Act Requiring the Wearing by All Counselors and Staff of Boys State of Badges of Identification.
Approved June 23, 1950.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. All city counselors, athletic counselors, all members of the staff, and citizens of Missouri Boys State of Missouri shall be required while present upon the location of said Missouri Boys State of Missouri, to wear badges of identification. These badges shall state the name and position of the wearer, and must be worn at all times in plain sight.

Section 2. There shall be no connection of any of the staff with either political party, the aforementioned badges of identification shall be a completely different color and design from those of the citizens.

Section 3. Because of the great difficulty heretofore experienced by the citizens in properly addressing and introducing the members of the staff because of the lack of familiarity with their names, and because of the resulting importance of this bill to the welfare and happiness of the citizens of Boys State of Missouri, this bill shall become effective immediately upon its signing by the governor thereof.

 

An Act to Establish an Official Boys State Prayer, to be Used to Open Each Annual Boys State Session.
Approved June 18, 1956.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The official Boys State prayer shall read as follows:

Heavenly Father, Creator of all that is good, Light and Guide of our beloved nation, grant that we may all do justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with Thee.

Let us neither be blinded nor deafened by our foolish and selfish desires and our unworthy interpretation of Thy will and law, but instead, let us strive consistently to better ourselves in our faith and to become perfect, even as Thou are Perfect.

Lastly, Father, let us do our utmost to learn all we are capable of learning while at Boys State. Grant that we, by Thy aid, may all become true citizens of this, our most blessed nation. Bless this movement to Thy use, and to the betterment and perpetually of this, our country.

AMEN.

Section 2. The prayer shall be read during the opening ceremonies of the first annual general assembly of all citizens, by the governor of Missouri Boys State.

Section 3. The prayer shall be printed in an appropriate place in the official manual of Missouri Boys State.

 

An Act Relating to Campaign Material Brought to Boys State.
Approved June 21, 1957.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No citizen of Boys State shall bring with him to Boys State any printed matter, posters, or other matter intended to further any campaign in which aforementioned citizen might take part.

Section 2. No candidate for state office shall place campaign material in the sight of or shall try to extensively influence the vote of any citizen of Boys State until 24 hours before the primary.

Section 3. Anyone found guilty of breaking this Statute will be automatically disqualified from holding any office that aforesaid printed matter, posters, etc. might have helped him obtain.

Section 4. This statute shall be printed and sent to every boy that is to attend Boys State along with his information booklet. It shall be printed in a very prominent place.

Section 5. Printed material shall include mimeographed, lithographed or any other mass-printed material.

Section 6. No printed campaign material may be sent for after arrival at Boys State.

 

An Act to Establish Certain Moral and Conduct Standards of Boys State Citizens.
Approved June 21, 1957.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. No citizens shall bring, obtain or retain firearms, fireworks or explosives in his possession.

Section 2. No citizen shall leave the grounds of the Boys State without permission of the director or dean of counselors, unless he is a member of an organized party accompanied by a counselor.

Section 3. No citizen shall bring, procure, retain or drink beer or any form of intoxicating liquor.

Section 4. No citizen shall appropriate, deface, or destroy Boys State property, the property of another citizen, or the property of the college.

Section 5. No citizen shall operate an automobile while at Boys State, even though he may have the consent of his parents.

Section 6. No citizen shall trespass in portions of buildings not definitely assigned to citizens of Boys State.

Section 7. No citizen shall participate in games of chance, or in any form of gambling.

Section 8. No citizen shall be offensively boisterous or rowdy in his personal conduct in meetings, in the dormitories, on the grounds, or while on trips away from the grounds of the Boys State, nor shall he use lewd, profane, or obscene language, or signs, or possess obscene pictures of printed material.

Section 9. Citizens shall not violate the rules of common courtesy and decency in their relations with each other. They shall be amenable to rules, ordinances and statutes of the government of Boys State, and shall cooperate with all duly elected or appointed citizens-officers. They shall respect the authority of counselors and shall conform to requests made by them in the line of duty.

Section 10. No citizen will be dismissed from Boys State without a full and complete hearing of all charges made against him, at which time he shall be privileged to face his accuser. There shall be no appeal from the decision of the director or administration officer or officers designated by him to hear such a case.

 

An Act to Put the Name of the City on the Citizen's Name Badge.
Approved June 20, 1958.

Be It Enacted by the People of the Missouri Boys State of Missouri Represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The name of the Missouri Boys State city of each citizen of Missouri Boys State shall be typed upon and under the name of each citizen and will be passed out to him at the time of registration.

 

An Act Making It Compulsory for Missouri Boys State Citizens to Cross All Streets at Street Corners or Crosswalks Where Provided.
Approved June 17, 1977.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The crossing of any street or highway by a Boys State citizen at a place other than the corner or crosswalk where provided will be a punishable offense, classified as a misdemeanor.

 

An Act Naming the Model City Award at Missouri Boys State the "Harry S. Truman Award."
Approved June 17, 1977.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. That the name of the Model City Award be changed to the Harry S. Truman Model City Award.

Section 2. That this be done to commemorate a most famous veteran, Legion member, politician, and the 33rd President of the United States.

Section 3. The following Emergency Clause is attached to facilitate the institution of the Harry S. Truman Award for the 1977 session of Missouri Boys State:

Upon the signature of the governor of Missouri Boys State this bill will immediately become law.

 

An Act Naming the Model County Award at Missouri Boys State the "Jerry L. Litton Award".
Approved June 18, 1978.

Be It Enacted by the People of the Missouri Boys State of Missouri Represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. That the name of the Model County Award by changed to the Jerry L. Litton Model County Award.

Section 2. That this be done to commemorate a most famous public servant, politician, and the U.S. Representative from Chillicothe, who was tragically killed in a plane crash following his primary victory for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate.

Section 3. The following Emergency Clause is attached to facilitate the institution of the Jerry L. Litton Award for the 1978 session of Missouri Boys State:

Upon the signature of the Governor of Missouri Boys State this bill will immediately become law.

 

An Act Naming a County of Missouri Boys State after Omar Bradley.
Approved June 18, 1983.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. That the name of one county at Boys State be named in honor of General Omar Bradley.

Section 2. That this be done to commemorate a most famous General and Missourian.

 

An Act to Establish A Boys State Lottery.
Approved June 20, 1988.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. On the first day of each session of Boys State, the Governor shall appoint a three-person Lottery Commission composed of one chairman and two associate commissioners.

Section 2. The purpose of the Lottery Commission is to establish and conduct games of chance to raise monies for state government purposes.

Section 3. The Lottery Commission shall be responsible for designing, establishing and conducting games of chance. All monies collected after playing such games of chance shall be turned over to the Director of Revenue and may be appropriated by the General Assembly. Only Boys State Bucks may be collected by the Lottery Commission. Games involving U.S. currency are strictly prohibited.

 

An Act to Establish General Criminal Penalties and Civil Enforcement Procedures.
Approved June 21, 1990.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. For any violation of Missouri Boys State statutes and rules of conduct, this statute shall apply in addition to any penalties that are elsewhere specifically prescribed.

Section 2. The judge before whom any criminal conviction is obtained may, in his discretion, levy and fine up to $50 in Boys State Bucks.

Section 3. In any civil case brought before a Missouri Boys State court, a money judgment payable in Boys State Bucks may be awarded to a prevailing plaintiff or defendant who files a successful counterclaim. The amount of said judgment shall be such sum as is fair and reasonable to compensate for the wrong that gave rise to the successful claim.

Section 4. Any fine or money judgment levied or entered by a Missouri Boys State court may be enforced through garnishment by the Sheriff of any county in which the party owing the money may be found.

 

An Act to Establish Aluminum Can Recycling at Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 19, 1992.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The dean of operations shall be responsible for furnishing each city and Boys State facility with proper recycling containers to be placed in its area, and he shall further be responsible for developing, implementing, and facilitating a yearly State Recycling Plan.

Section 2. A fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 Boys State Bucks shall be assessed for each offense of any city or other Boys State entity found not actively and timely recycling aluminum cans.

Section 3. Boys State Bucks collected as a result of fines shall be delivered to the director of revenue for deposit in the Missouri Boys State General Fund.

Section 4. The dean of operations shall recycle the aluminum in a manner that is most beneficial to Missouri Boys State.

Section 5. (Appointment of new officials) The mayor of each city shall appoint a city environmental recycling engineer. The county commission shall appoint a county environmental recycling engineer. The governor of Missouri Boys State shall appoint a state environmental recycling engineer.

Section 6. The city environmental recycling engineer shall report directly to the county environmental recycling engineer. The county environmental recycling engineer shall report directly to the state environmental recycling engineer. The state environmental recycling engineer shall report directly to the dean of operations. The dean of operations shall have the responsibility of transporting the aluminum cans to the center he has chosen.

Section 7. The city, county, and state environmental recycling engineers shall daily deliver the collected cans to the dean of operations to a point he shall designate.

Section 8. The legal tender that is received from the aluminum cans shall be placed in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri Memorial Trust for the perpetuation of Missouri Boys State.

 

An Act to Establish a Compensation Plan for State Employees at Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 19, 1998.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The weekly salaries, to be paid in Boys State Bucks, for the state employees of Missouri Boys State will be as follows: Beginning of week appointed officials, such as Director of Revenue, Director of Public Works, Lottery Commissioners, Gaming Commissioner, Adjutant General and Fire Marshal - $50. Highway Patrolmen - $100, Col. of MBS Highway Patrol - $125. Supreme Court Justices - $100. Chief Justice of Supreme Court - $125. Senators - $55, President "pro tempore" of the Senate - $70. Senate Majority and Minority Leaders - $65. Senate Clerk - $35. Assistant Senate Clerk - $20. Senate Sergeant of Arms - $35. House of Representatives Members - $45. Speaker of the House - $60. House Majority and Minority Leaders - $55. Assistant Speaker of the House - $55. House Clerk - $35. House Chaplain - $20. Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, Secretary of State - $75. Governor - $100. Close of week appointed officials - $10.

 

An Act to Establish the Mike Stewart Model Business Award.
Approved June 19, 1998
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Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the 59th Session of Missouri Boys State that there will be an award presented to the business that shows the best combination of profitability, originality and organization. Each city will be allowed one entrant into the contest, to be nominated by the city counselor. The winner will be selected by the dean of counselors.

Section 2. This award shall be named the "Mike Stewart Model Business Award" in honor of Mercial A. "Mike" Stewart, 9th Director of Missouri Boys State.

 

An Act to Establish Requirements for Press Passes.
Approved June 19, 1998.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. The media school reporters at Missouri Boys State shall be issued press passes.

Section 2. The passes shall be made in a different color and design than all other badges and passes at Missouri Boys State.

Section 3. All reporters shall be required to wear these passes for the duration of their employment with the Boys State media and shall not receive access to speakers, information, etc. without them.

 

An Act to Establish Veteran's Day at Missouri Boys State.
Approved June 19, 1998.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. Whereas democracy and the existence of the free world has been threatened; whereas countless brave men and women have given their time, and in many cases their lives, in defense of these things which we hold so dear; whereas men and women, both dead and alive, should be commended and remembered for their great service and sacrifices; We the 59th General Assembly of Missouri Boys State do unanimously and wholeheartedly join together in giving great praise and respect to these brave citizens of the greatest country in the world.

Section 2. We henceforth declare the 6th day of Missouri Boys State to be Veteran's Day. To honor this day the Senate and House of Representatives will begin the session that day with a moment of silence in honor of our country's veterans.

 

An Act to Establish the Missouri Boys State Gaming Commission.
Approved June 19, 1998.

Be It Enacted by the People of Missouri Boys State of Missouri represented in General Assembly:

Section 1. A commissioner shall be established by the Governor on the first day of the session to regulate and administer casino gambling licenses to those individuals or cities who apply. This commissioner will operate separately and apart from the lottery commission.

Section 2. All who obtain casino gambling licenses shall be required to pay the regular business taxes as well as any other taxes placed on them be the City, County or State.

Section 3. Gambling will occur only during free time and will only use Boys State currency as tender. The use of U.S. currency is strictly prohibited. All participants and casinos shall conduct themselves in a fair manner and follow all rules as outlined in the Boys State citizen's manual. Participants shall be responsible for their own finances and will accept all consequences that might result from gambling.

Section 4. Casinos are a business of entertainment; all rules and regulations affecting them will be enforced by the gaming commissioner.

Section 5. Let it be known that there shall be only one license per city, which shall be given to the party with the best proposal. Licenses will be decided and awarded by the gaming commissioner.

Section 7. The June 21, 1957 statute on moral conduct section seven (7) is repealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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