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Seniors, Families and Children Committee, Missouri State Senate

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The Seniors, Families and Children Committee is a standing committee of the Missouri State Senate. It was known as the Seniors, Families and Pensions Committee before the 2015 session, when the former General Laws Committee took over responsibility for bills regarding pensions.

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Per Rule 25 of the Senate Rules, committees in the Missouri State Senate are appointed by the President Pro Tem.[1] Committees are appointed after the adoption of the Senate Rules at the beginning of the two-year General Assembly. Committee membership is to be as equal to the partisan balance of the chamber as possible.[2] The chair of a committee may appoint subcommittees with the committee's approval.[1] The President Pro Tem, the Majority Floor Leader and the Minority Floor Leader are considered members of all standing and statutory committees ex officio, but do not having voting power in any unless appointed to it proper.[2] Although not explicitly stated in the Senate Rules, the President Pro Tem has previously demonstrated a responsibility for filling vacancies in committees.[3]

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The Committee on Seniors, Families and Children shall consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it concerning the preservation of the quality of life for senior citizens, nursing home and boarding home operations, alternative care programs for the elderly, and family and children’s issues. It shall also consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it concerning income maintenance, social services, and child support enforcement.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Seniors, Families and Children Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (5)
Maria Chappelle-NadalDavid Sater, Chair
Jill SchuppJeanie Riddle, Vice Chair
Will Kraus
Doug Libla
Gary Romine


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

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