Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation


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ABCs of a Bill-to-Law

How does the process work in Missouri?

The legislative process by which a bill becomes a law is the same at the state level as it is at the federal level - however, each state can establish its own rules of procedure. As a result, legislative processes vary from state to state. The flow-chart here illustrates the evolution of a bill-to-law that takes place during a Legislative Session.​

Missouri's Legislative Process


Who - What - When

The Missouri state legislature is also known as the Missouri General Assembly.

  • It is composed of two chambers (or houses): the Senate and the House of Representatives.

  • The Senate has 34 members who serve (2) four year terms, and the House has 163 members who serve (4) 2 year terms

  • The head of the Senate is referred to as the President Pro Tem of the Senate, and the head of the House is referred to as the Speaker of the House. 

Missouri's annual Legislative Session convenes on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January, and ends on May 30th. 

What does the Alliance do at this time?

During the Legislative Session (and the time leading up to it), the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation concentrates its efforts on the following:

  • drafting and submitting animal welfare legislation

  • tracking legislation's progress through the Missouri General Assembly

  • educating legislators on the issues surrounding a piece of legislation, and supporting or opposing additional animal related legislation proposed by others

  • attending and testifying before committee hearings

  • providing supporting documentation

  • meeting with legislators

  • issuing Action Alerts to our supporters for their help

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is the only non-profit organization in the state that has a lobbyist working on behalf of animal welfare. We can do this because of our 501(c)(4) status!