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Lawmakers reach bipartisan agreement on welfare reform

Date: March 4, 2013
By: Katie Kreider
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 251

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Two Missouri lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on a welfare reform bill Monday.
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Wrap: Senators Will Kraus and Maria Chappelle-Nadal announced they are co-sponsoring a bill regulating the use of electronic welfare cards.

The bill would keep recipients in a program called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund from using the money at locations like movie theatres and amusement parks. 

Chappelle-Nadal opposed a similar bill last session requiring a photo ID to use food stamps.

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Description: "When I found out that there are people misusing these cards and the TANF funds, I was very upset."
 

Critics of the bill say this won't stop recipients from using their electronic welfare cards at ATMs.

Reporting fromt the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.

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Missouri lawmakers are looking to take a federal welfare law one step further.
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Wrap: Under federal law, recipients of a welfare program called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund can not use electronic welfare cards at strip clubs and casinos.

But Republican Senator Will Kraus and Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal proposed a bill to keep welfare recipients from using their cards at recreational places like movie theatres and amusement parks.

Chappelle-Nadal says more regulation will help those who use the program.

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Description: "If those funds are misused, that means that we are no addressing the constituents that I have that are in need." 

Critics of the bill say this won't stop recipients from using their electronic welfare cards at ATMS.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Kreider.


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