In preparation for the beginning of the legislative session in January, Missouri Senate rules allow bills to be pre-filed on December 1. It is customary that each member of the Senate, beginning with the most senior member, picks his or her top three priority bills, which are then each assigned a number.
Lawmakers may pre-file bills continuing up to, but not including, the first day of session. Bills filed during this pre-introduction period are automatically introduced and read the first time on the opening day of session. Bills may also be introduced by any senator during the session, up until a certain deadline.
The First Regular Session of the 95th Missouri General Assembly begins Jan. 7, 2009. For more information about the events and legislation in the Missouri Senate, visit www.senate.mo.gov. To contact Senate Communications, call (573) 751-3824 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.