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"Boys State was one of the greatest times of my life. I met guys from all walks of life and I made many friends that I will stay in touch with for a very long time."

-- Zach Craft '04
Ludlow, MO

    Day to Day Activities - Monday, June 14th

Cities Come to Life

Now that every citizen has started down their MBS career path through Schools of Instruction, they need time to carry out their new responsibilities. A period of "governmental activities" time followed Schools of Instruction this morning. Now that MBS has police officers, mayors and senators, there will be time each day for them to perform these new roles. During this time citizens return to their local municipal courts, the highways of Ellis hall to enforce traffic ordinances or their city areas to work with their neighbors on the development of their new town.

The first City Meeting of Boone City 2021!

The Boys State General Assembly convenes during each "governmental activities" period as well, where the House of Representatives and the Senate deliberate resolutions proposed by their peers. Once passed by both chambers of the General Assembly and signed by the Governor, these bills become the law of the land here in Warrensburg. One of the first orders of business each year for the Assembly is to pass a revised budget for the ensuing year. Without the passage of a new budget the MBS government cannot function. Today the gears began to turn on one of this year's flagship resolutions: the Governor's proposed MBS Jobs Plan. This resolution would include tax credits for small businesses and subsidies for local governments in disaster stricken areas, and is expected to be one of the most bitterly contested issues of the session.

Other activities beginning this morning included the formation of the Supreme Court Selection Commission. This body is responsible for one of the most consequential decisions of Boys State: vetting and ratifying members of the Supreme Court. By the end of the week, some of the bills passed by the General Assembly will no doubt find themselves in front of seven newly elected justices.

Government Work has Begun!

Afternoon activities kicked off with County Party Meetings, where county officials built consensus around their party platforms, nominees for the county commission and discussed potential delegation for the statewide convention that would assemble later in the day. Though often overlooked in our Missouri government, the County Commission is one of the most significant governing bodies in our day to day lives, as it oversees both legislative and executive processes.

At the end of the day, all 9 counties held rallies for county elected positions. Hopeful candidates for county commissioner stepped up in front of their peers to give speeches in hopes of winning over voters in the next election. Those hopefuls laid out their platforms and their ideas for how they will lead their respective counties towards the prestigious model county award given out at the end of the week.

Finally, the mayors presided over another city meeting in each of the 18 MBS cities. After a second full day at Missouri Boys State, the cities are beginning to take shape. Some cities have passed multiple ordinances to establish how citizens are to conduct themselves. Others have begun the process of creating the infrastructure for their cities laying out roadways and bridges along with stop signs and roundabouts. By the end of the week each cityscape will take shape and show off the unique identity all of them have.

After an incredibly busy day, the 81st Session of Missouri Boys State was treated to a chat with former NFL Player and CIA Agent, Howard Richards! Richards, a St. Louis native, sat down with the former Director of Missouri Boys State Mike Stewart to recount his experiences in both the NFL and the CIA. He encouraged them to think of other ways to offer service to the greater public than as an elected official. As well as recounting stories of his fascinating life experiences. In a unique format, the citizens were able to learn about his experience in the NFL and ask him questions focused on his NFL career. Then, the chat resumed; focusing on his career in the CIA.

After the evening assembly, the citizens were dismissed, and allowed to work on their respective plans for the rest of the week.

MBS Record

The citizens of Missouri Boys State publish a paper that is delivered to the citizens every morning. Copies of this paper are published here every day for your enjoyment. Today's edition is available here.

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In addition to almost 500 Citizen attendees, Missouri Boys State brings over 150 volunteers that give over a week of their time to make this session possible.



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