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For the second consecutive year, an informal coalition of 23 Missouri tea party groups and others will stage a Consent of the Governed Rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday morning.

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The rally from 10:30-11:30 a.m. comes just before the Legislature convenes for its 2012 session at noon Wednesday.

Organizers say they want to impress upon legislators the importance of passing laws that conform to the Missouri Constitution.

James Holland, a member of the Callaway Patriots Tea Party, said the coalition has very little organization, has no officers and is interested in preserving constitutional government.

During the rally, the coalition plans to present each Missouri legislator with a framed and matted document that includes the preamble to the Missouri Constitution and the first four sections of Article 1 of the state constitution.

Each of the four main speakers at the rally — Dave Roland, Rep. Ed Emery, Dave Linton and Ed Martin — will discuss one of those sections.

The preamble to the Missouri Constitution states: “We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence to the Supreme ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this Constitution for the better government of the state.”

The first four sections of the Missouri Constitution emphasize the role of the residents of Missouri in establishing rules and regulations that affect their lives and that the government exists only with the consent of the governed.

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