Guides by Level of Government
If the publication is less than five years old, check the Internet for full text. Otherwise,
If the publication was issued before 2000,
Official Manual of the State of Missouri (Blue Books)
This biennial source contains descriptions of state agencies, biographies of state officials and legislators, lists of county officials and of state employees. Annual pay for every state employee is listed. The Blue Book also shows election returns, some census statistics, and information on political parties. The most current edition is on the web. The library's collection of paper editions dates to the late 1880s.
Note: A bibliography of blue books for other states is provided in Chapter 2 of the book State Government Reference Publications: An Annotated Bibliography by David W. Parish (c1981).
Missouri State Financial Reports
|State Budget||Full text||Print edition in library|
|State Tax Expenditure Report||Full text||Print edition in library|
|Comprehensive Annual Financial Report||Full text||Print edition in library|
|Appropriations to support agencies, programs, etc.||See "Appropriations" in Session Laws|
Laws and Regulations, etc.
The Missouri Revised Statutes show all laws passed by the Missouri legislature that were in effect as of the book's publication date. If you wish to see a law the way it looked when it was originally passed (that is, unchanged by later amendments), use Session Laws volumes instead. If you are unable to find your topic discussed in the statutes, you may be dealing with an area covered by state regulations instead. If that is the case, check the Missouri Code of State Regulations. Finally, some legal requirements are handled in the state Constitution (see below.)
Current Missouri Constitution (revised May 2015.) Missouri has operated under four successive constitutions, enacted in 1820, 1865, 1875 and 1945. The constitution is continually revised through amendments, and the text of amendments can be found in Session Laws. Find the full Constitution printed in editions of the Missouri Revised Statutes.