Summary of Missouri’s 2022 legislative session

After 128 days in session, the Missouri General Assembly adjourned the 2022 legislative session on May 13. There were a total of 2,104 bills introduced and two bills passed passed both chambers of the legislature and were signed by Gov. Mike Parson (R).

Both bills that passed are appropriation bills. House Bill 3014 was signed by Parson on Feb. 24, and House Bill 3015 was signed on May 13.

According to data from BillTrack50, the average number of bills introduced annually between 2017 and 2022 was 2,019 bills. The fewest bills were introduced in 2019 (1,826), while the most bills were introduced in 2020 (2,170).

The Missouri state legislature has passed 1,123 bills since 2011, an average rate of 94 bills per year. The most bills were passed in the 2015 session (154). Excluding 2022, the fewest bills were passed in 2020 (37).

The 2022 legislative session convened on Jan. 5 and adjourned on May 13. There are 20 state legislatures currently in session, 28 have adjourned, one is in special session, and one has yet to convene.

The Missouri General Assembly is the state legislature of Missouri. It is a bicameral legislature composed of a 34-member Senate and a 163-member House of Representatives. Senators are term limited to two terms and representatives are limited to four. The Missouri General Assembly is a part-time legislature. Legislative sessions are held between January and May. 

Missouri is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas in the U.S. The Republican Party controls the office of governor and both chambers of the General Assembly. There is a 24-10 Republican majority in the Senate and a 108-49 majority in the House. The Republicans have a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers. In the event of a veto issued by Gov. Parson, the Republican majority is large enough to override the veto without any votes from members of the Democratic party. 

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