Missouri State Resource Center
Missouri Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Missouri Attorney General is the attorney for the state, representing the legal interests of Missouri and its state agencies. By law, the attorney general is a member of the Board of Fund Commissioners, the Board of Public Buildings, the Governor's Committee on Interstate Cooperation, the Missouri Highway Reciprocity Commission and the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
The governor appoints the members of all boards and commissions, all department heads in state government and fills all vacancies in public offices unless otherwise provided by law. The governor is commander in chief of the state's National Guard. When necessary, the governor can call out the state military to execute laws and suppress threats to the state.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor is the only statewide elected official that is part of both the Executive and Legislative branches in Missouri. The Lt. Governor assumes the powers and duties of the Governor when the Governor is absent from the state or unable to serve. He is President of the Missouri Senate. The Lt. Governor also sits on several boards and commissions that make important policy decisions for our state.
- Secretary of State
The Missouri Secretary of State is a member of the executive branch of government and has constitutional as well as statutory duties in the state of Missouri. There are six divisions that the secretary of state works with, which include: Business Services; State Archives; Elections; Securities and Investing; State Library; and Publications.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor of Missouri is an elected official responsible for serving as the State of Missouri's chief fiscal regulator, conducting financial and performance audits for approximately 200 state agencies, boards, and commissions, and the state's judicial branch. The State Auditor also conducts audits for county and city governments lacking their own auditor or when requested by citizen petition.
- State of Missouri
Missouri is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The state is named for the Missouri River, which was named after the Siouan-language tribe, whose name in Illinois was ouemessourita meaning "those who have dugout canoes".
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer is the state's chief financial officer. The office manages the state's revenues, directs the state's banking services and manages the state's investment portfolio. A major portion of the State Treasurer's responsibility is to invest unused state funds into interest-bearing account. However, some government monies such as various government employee retirement funds and the higher education institution fund are handled separately.
Missouri Legislative Branch
- Missouri General Assembly
The Missouri General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Missouri. The bicameral General Assembly is composed of a 34-member Senate, and a 163-member House of Representatives. 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.
- Missouri House of Representatives
The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 31,000 residents.
- Missouri State Senate
The Missouri State Senate is the upper chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 34 members, representing districts with an average population of 160,000. Its members serve four-year terms, with half the seats being up for election every two years.
Missouri Court Rules and Forms
- Missouri Court Forms
Provides links and information of Circuit Court Forms and Appellate Court Forsm.
- Supreme Court Rules
Provides links and information for Supreme Court Rules and Supreme Court Operating Rules. Also provides links for special rules in each of the three districts of the Court of Appeals: Eastern (St. Louis area); Southern (Springfield/Poplar Bluff area); and Western (Kansas City area).
- U. S. Bankruptcy Court Western Missouri Forms
Missouri Judicial Branch
- Missouri Judiciary
The Missouri Judiciary consists of three levels of courts: The trial courts (also known as the circuit courts), an intermediate appellate court (the Missouri Court of Appeals) that is divided into three regional districts, and the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Missouri Executive Branch
- Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to serve, promote, and protect the agricultural producers, processors, and consumers of Missouri’s food, fuel, and fiber products. MDA's divisions include: Office of the Director; Agriculture Business Development; Animal Health; Grain Inspection & Warehousing; Plant Industries; and Weights & Measures.
- Department of Conservation
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Commission were created by Article IV Sections 40-42 of the Missouri Constitution. The Commission is vested with control, management, restoration, conservation, and regulation of bird, fish, game, forestry, and wildlife resources of the state. The Department of Conservation owns and oversees hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, and reservations, and enforces the state wildlife code.
- Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections (DOC) with victims, communities and state and local governments improves public safety through secure confinement and effective community interventions. DOC supervises all felons and targeted misdemeanants sentenced by the courts to prison or probation.
- Department of Economic Development
The Department of Economic Development (DED) works through a variety of programs to ensure the economic vitality of the state by creating and retaining jobs and investment. Emphasis is placed on assisting new and expanding Missouri companies.
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is the administrative arm of the State Board of Education. It is primarily a service agency that works with educators, legislators, government agencies, community leaders and citizens to maintain a strong public education system. Through its statewide school-improvement activities and regulatory functions, the Department strives to assure that all citizens have access to high-quality public education.
- Department of Health and Senior Services
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) plans, coordinates, and delivers a variety of public health services to Missourians. These services, many of which are delivered by agencies or organizations funded by the Department, include maternal and, child health care, and services for children with special health care needs; dental health care services; immunization programs; sexually transmitted disease control programs; tuberculosis control programs; community sanitation and radiological health programs; support for emergency medical services; and much more.
- Department of Higher Education
The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) carries out the goals and administrative responsibilities for the state system of higher education, which serves more than 360,000 students through 13 public four-year colleges and universities, 19 public two-year colleges, one public two-year technical college, 25 independent colleges and universities, and 152 proprietary schools.
- Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration
The mission of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is to efficiently and effectively encourage a fair and open market for consumer service industries. DIFP includes the following divisions: Consumer Affairs; Insurance Solvency & Company Regulation; Insurance Market Regulation; Finance; Credit Unions; Professional Registration; and Resource Administration.
- Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
The Department is responsible for administering programs that provide an income for workers to offset the loss of a job because of an injury or layoff; determine the appropriate bargaining unit for public employees; regulate wages for public works and construction projects; promote safe working environments; enforce Missouri's anti-discriminatory statutes and protect Missouri citizens in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.
- Department of Mental Health
The Missouri Department of Mental Health serves Missourians by working to prevent substance abuse, mental disorders, and developmental disabilities; by rehabilitating, treating, and habilitating persons with those conditions; and by educating the public about mental health.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources is composed of the Office of the Director, Water Resources, Soil and Water Conservation Program and five programmatic divisions. The five divisions include Administrative Support, Energy, Environmental Quality, State Parks and Geology and Land Survey.
- Department of Public Safety
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to ensure the safety and security of Missouri's citizens and their property. It is responsible for all elements of law enforcement, criminal investigation, and public safety activities undertaken by state government, and for coordinating these efforts with local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies.
- Department of Revenue
The Missouri Department of Revenue serves as the central collection agency for all state revenues. The department's primary duties include collecting taxes, titling and registering motor vehicles, and issuing driver licenses.
- Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services partners with families and communities to protect children, rehabilitate youth and move families to self sufficiency so that Missourians can lead safe, healthy and productive lives. Administrative responsibility for agency activities rests with a department director appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate.
- Department of Transportation
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is governed by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. MoDOT's employees are responsible for the seventh-largest highway system in the nation. MoDOT helps develop and improve airports, rail facilities, waterways, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities statewide. Decisions are made concerning highway location, design, construction, and maintenance.
- Division of Tourism
The Division of Tourism is responsible for promoting the growth of Missouri's travel industry. The division works to attract vacationers from out of state and encourage Missourians to travel in their home state.
- Missouri CareerSource
Missouri CareerSource (which replaced Great Hires) is the One Stop online job search and resume builder for the state of Missouri. It is a resource of the Division of Workforce Development, which is a division of the Department of Economic Development. It provides services for job seekers, employers workforce professionals.
- Missouri Census Data Center
The Missouri Census Data Center is a sponsored program of the Missouri State Library within the office of the Missouri Secretary of State. The MCDC has been a partner in the U.S. Census Bureau's State Data Center program since 1979.
- Missouri Research and Education Network
The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) provides Internet connectivity, access to Internet2, technical support, videoconferencing services and training to Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, health care, state government and other affiliated organizations. MOREnet is not a private Internet service provider and does not provide services, including dial-up access, on an individual basis.
- Office of Administration
The Office of Administration (OA) is the service and administrative control agency created by the General Assembly to combine and coordinate the central management functions of state government. OA provides central services and support to all other state agencies.
- Office of Information Technology
The Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) is the central point for coordinating the information technology policies for the executive branch. The division promotes economy and efficiency in the use of information technology services and telecommunications for transaction of state business.
- State Emergency Management Agency
SEMA's mission is to protect the lives and property of all Missourians when major disasters threaten public safety in any city, county or region of Missouri. SEMA responds to two types of disasters - natural and manmade. Natural disasters are major snow and/or ice storms, floods, tornadoes and/or severe weather, as well as the threat of a serious earthquake along Missouri's New Madrid Fault. Manmade disasters, also known as technological emergencies, may include hazardous material incidents, nuclear power plant accidents and other radiological hazards.
- State Library
The major functions of the State Library are: to provide direct library and information service in support of the executive and legislative branches of Missouri state government; to provide library service to blind and physically handicapped residents of Missouri; and to promote the development and improvement of library services throughout the state.
- State Parks and Historic Sites
The Division of State Parks manages the many recreational, cultural, and historical resources of the Missouri state park system. State Parks also administers programs to promote outdoor recreation statewide. These activities are accomplished through grant programs. The mission of the Division of State Parks is to preserve and interpret the state’s most outstanding natural features; to preserve and interpret the state’s most outstanding cultural landmarks; and to provide compatible recreational opportunities in these areas.
- Unemployment Insurance Tax
The Division of Employment Security (DES) is the state agency responsible for the administration of the unemployment insurance program. The DES has responsibility to both workers and employers. The site offers services to file required reports, pay unemployment contributions (taxes) online, file an appeal, and manage accounts with the DES.
Missouri Boards and Commissions
- Missouri Arts Council
Missouri Arts Council (MAC), a state agency and division of the Department of Economic Development, provides grants to nonprofit organizations to encourage and stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri.
- Missouri Ethics Commission
The Commission receives reports and is charged with enforcement of: campaign finance, conflict of interest, lobbying, and personal financial disclosure. The enforcement includes investigating complaints and auditing filed reports. The Commission also issues advisory opinions.
- Missouri Housing Development Commission
The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) functions as a bank, providing financing directly to developers of affordable rental properties. The commission also provides funding for home loans to qualified, first-time buyers through a network of certified, private mortgage lenders. Mortgage financing is provided through the sale of tax-exempt notes and bonds that the commission is authorized to issue.
- Missouri Lottery Commission
Established in 1986, the Missouri Lottery Commission offers lotto number games, as well as scratch-off and pull-tab games. Missouri also participates in the multi-state lottery known as PowerBall. First created in 1985, proceeds from the Missouri lottery directly fund the state's public education system, a change that occured in 1994. Its mission is to maximize revenues for public education through the creation and sale of fun and entertaining products consistent with the highest levels of service, integrity and public accountability.
- Missouri Public Service Commission
The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates investor-owned electric, steam, natural gas, water and sewer and telephone companies. Its mission is to ensure Missouri consumers have access to safe, reliable and reasonably priced utility service while allowing those utility companies under our jurisdiction an opportunity to earn a reasonable return on their investment. The PSC also regulates manufacturers and retail dealers who sell new and used manufactured homes and modular units.