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5:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

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.

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MO Statehouse
12:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Nixon Signs Mo. Bill Dealing With Welfare Benefits

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs a bill into law in his State Capitol office.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that prohibits welfare recipients from using such funds at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.

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.

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Welfare Contract
5:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. House Committee Hears Testimony On State Welfare Contract

Jennifer Tidball and Brian Kinkade of the Mo. Dept. of Social Services answer questions before the House Govt. Oversight Committee on April 22nd, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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EBT cards
6:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill

State Senators Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit) and Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D, University City) discuss SB 251, which would restrict where EBT cards can be used.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation is moving through the Missouri Senate that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.

State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring Senate Bill 251.  He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it) into state statute," Kraus said.  "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at:  amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or) to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.”

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New state laws
5:00 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Late-term abortion ban, other new laws, go into effect in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend, on August 28.

They include the controversial ban on late-term abortions that Governor Jay Nixon (D) allowed to become law without his signature.

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MO Statehouse
3:56 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs 6 bills into law, OKs drug testing for some welfare recipients

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 5:37 p.m. to reflect implications of other bill signings regarding human trafficking and domestic violence.

According to a press release, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has signed 6 bills into law this afternoon.

Here's a roundup of some of the issues addressed by some of the laws, followed by a full list of those signed below:

Drug testing for some welfare recipients (HB 73)

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Welfare Drug Testing
12:32 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. House passes welfare drug testing legislation

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.

Under the bill, work-eligible recipients of the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program would lose that assistance for three years if they test positive for drug use or refuse to take a drug test.

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