TANF http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-audit-alleges-misuse-ebt-cards-some-welfare-recipients <p>A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:20:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32351 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients Nixon Signs Mo. Bill Dealing With Welfare Benefits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-signs-mo-bill-dealing-welfare-benefits <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that prohibits welfare recipients from using such funds at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation also bars recipients from using cash benefits to buy anything marketed for adults while increasing penalties for people who are convicted of spending benefits improperly. The newly signed law brings Missouri into compliance with federal restrictions on purchases using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families electronic cash benefit cards.</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:44:29 +0000 The Associated Press 28044 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Signs Mo. Bill Dealing With Welfare Benefits Mo. House Committee Hears Testimony On State Welfare Contract http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-committee-hears-testimony-state-welfare-contract <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.</FONT></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3><FONT face="Times New Roman">The <A href="http://dss.mo.gov/">Department of Social Services (DSS)</A>&nbsp;has hired Boston-based <A href="http://www.publicconsultinggroup.com/">Public Consulting Group </A>to switch clients from the state-run <A href="http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/tempa.htm">Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program </A>to federal disability payments, which don’t require recip Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:29:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Committee Hears Testimony On State Welfare Contract Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/locations-accepting-ebt-cards-would-be-strictly-limited-under-mo-senate-bill <p>Legislation is moving through the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem08.htm">State Senator Will Kraus</a> (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17663428">Senate Bill 251</a>.&nbsp; He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.</p><p>“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it)&nbsp;into state statute," Kraus said.&nbsp; "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at: &nbsp;amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or)&nbsp;to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.” Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:38:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9873 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill Late-term abortion ban, other new laws, go into effect in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/late-term-abortion-ban-other-new-laws-go-effect-mo <p>Most of the new laws passed by the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/">Missouri General Assembly</a> this year officially took effect over the weekend, on August 28.</p><p>They include<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB213&amp;year=2011&amp;code=R"> the controversial ban on late-term abortions </a>that <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D) allowed to become law without his signature. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1958 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Late-term abortion ban, other new laws, go into effect in Mo. Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 6 bills into law, OKs drug testing for some welfare recipients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-signs-6-bills-law-oks-drug-testing-some-welfare-recipients <p><em>Updated 5:37 p.m. to reflect implications of other bill signings regarding human trafficking and domestic violence.</em></p><p>According to a press release, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has signed 6 bills into law this afternoon.</p><p>Here&#39;s a roundup of some of the issues addressed by some of the laws, followed by a full list of those signed below:</p><p><strong>Drug testing for some welfare recipients</strong> (HB 73)</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:56:54 +0000 Kelsey Proud, Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 1631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 6 bills into law, OKs drug testing for some welfare recipients Mo. House passes welfare drug testing legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-welfare-drug-testing-legislation <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a> has given final passage to&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB73 &amp;year=2011&amp;code=R">legislation</a> that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.</p><p>Under the bill, work-eligible recipients of the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/tempa.htm">Temporary Assistance to Needy Families </a>(TANF) program&nbsp;would lose that assistance for three years if they test positive for drug use or refuse to take a drug test. Tue, 10 May 2011 17:32:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 1209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes welfare drug testing legislation