Missouri Constitution Section

Article III
Section 35
November 14, 2016

Committee on legislative research.

Section 35. There shall be a permanent joint committee on legislative research, selected by and from the members of each house as provided by law. The general assembly, by a majority vote of the elected members, may discharge any or all of the members of the committee at any time and select their successors. The committee may employ a staff as provided by law. The committee shall meet when necessary to perform the duties, advisory to the general assembly, assigned to it by law. The members of the committee shall receive no compensation in addition to their salary as members of the general assembly, but may receive their necessary expenses while attending the meetings of the committee.

Source: Const. of 1945.

(2011) Section requires formation and meetings of committee, and provides that its duties to the general assembly are advisory only; the legislature has no authority to increase the committee's powers beyond those listed in the Constitution. Ocello v. Koster, 354 S.W.3d 187 (Mo. banc).


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