Dept. of Social Services
6:28 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mo. House Interim Committee Will Examine Dept. Of Social Services, Other State Agencies

Mo. Rep. Sue Allen (R, Town and Country)
Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.

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MO Statehouse
4:17 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Social Services To Scale Back On Welfare Contract

Mo. House Republicans speak to reporters about changes being made by DSS to a program to move state welfare recipients to federal disability.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability.  Republicans at a House committee hearing this week expressed concerns that shifting recipients from a state-run program that requires employment to a federal one that does not could leave them permanently trapped in poverty. 

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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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MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mo. Auditor Questions Welfare Expenses In Audit

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Updated 2:48 p.m.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.

Schweich released an annual audit Tuesday examining Missouri's use of $12.7 billion of federal funds during the 2012 budget. He raised concerns about $68 million of expenses, mainly through programs run by the Department of Social Services.

(We have the full audit for you below)

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

People convicted of human trafficking in Mo. will face longer maximum sentences under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Nixon July 12, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon signs human trafficking bill

People convicted of human trafficking in Missouri will face longer maximum sentences under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation addresses convictions for trafficking for slavery, forced labor or sexual exploitation and abuse through forced labor. Those crimes now carry maximum sentences of 15 years in prison.

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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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MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. House endorses drug testing for welfare recipients

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

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.

The bill would require work-eligible recipients and applicants of the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance.

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Morning News Round-up
9:52 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Morning Headlines: Drug tests for welfare recipients, U of Mo. tuition increase, Boeing 4Q profits down, Illinois redistricting

The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo. The University of Missouri system is proposing an average 5.5 percent tution increase for in-state undergraduates in the next academic year. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)

Good morning! Here are a few headlines to start your day:

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