I hate politicians. Why should I visit them in the Capitol?
Love them or hate them, these are the people who vote on bills that affect your business and your community. We understand that you may not want to volunteer for their campaign, but someone is going to influence how they vote. Shouldn’t that person be their hometown banker?
Does my legislator really want to hear from me?
Yes! Lawmakers are expected to vote on hundreds of pieces of legislation each year, covering nearly every topic you can think of. No one is an expert on everything. They depend on communication from their constituents to help inform them on how bills will affect their communities. MBA's governmental relations team works to educate them on bills important to the industry, but that cannot replace a relationship with a banker from their district.
Who runs for office?
Regular people. The state legislature is designed to be part-time work. The intent was for members to have plenty of time to spend at home, leading their lives and understanding how legislation affects the general public. Term limits ensure there is a steady turn-over. Currently, Missourians can serve a total of 16 years in the General Assembly, eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate.
When does the Missouri General Assembly meet?
The legislature meets January through mid-May for regular session and briefly in September to consider overriding any vetoes by the governor. Throughout the rest of the year, they are living in their districts meeting with constituents and preparing for the next session.
What does a regular day/week look like?
Legislators typically arrive in Jefferson City on Monday of each week during the session. Their days are spent in committee meetings hearing testimony on bills; meeting with constituents, lobbyists and stakeholders on legislation or issues affecting their districts; and in the House or Senate chambers debating and voting on bills. Late nights, early mornings and skipped meals are standard. They travel home on Thursday to resume their “normal” lives and attend meetings in their districts.
What if I don’t know the legislation inside and out?
That’s okay! Leave the bill list behind and if there is a question you can’t answer, be honest about it. Let us know, and MBA's governmental relations team will follow up to get the information needed. If you already know your legislator, spend your time catching up on what’s going on back home.