This answer can be easily found by looking at Missouri's constitution, and in fact is true of most state constitutions. Two similarities are as follows:
- Missouri's constitution, like that of the United States, separates the powers of government three ways. Missouri government includes a legislative branch, known as the General Assembly, an executive, called the governor, and a judicial branch, headed by the Missouri Supreme Court. Similarly, the United States government has a legislature (Congress,) and executive (the President), and a tiered judicial branch with a Supreme Court at the top.
- Another similarity is in the state Legislature, or the General Assembly. Like the United States Congress, the Missouri legislature is divided into a Senate and a House of Representatives. Both, in a word, are bicameral, meaning they have two houses. The Senate in Missouri, as at the federal level, is the smaller body, and exercises the additional powers and privileges (including unlimited debate) granted an "upper house." In short, the legislature, like many other aspects of the Missouri government, are based on the structure created by the US Constitution.