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Senate backs bill restricting use of welfare benefits

Date: April 10, 2013
By: Michael Doudna
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 251

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Welfare recipients soon may be restricted where they spend their benefits
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Wrap: The Senate gave primary approval to a bill which prevents welfare benefits from being spent for adult entertainment purposes.

The bill's approval comes after reports of Electronic Benefit Transfers being used in liquor storer, strip clubs and casinos.

Bill sponsor Democratic St. Louis County Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says the bill makes sure the benefits go to those in need.

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Description: "So I wanted to make sure that the dollars that we have go to the people and especially the children that need those resources"

The bill would demand reimbursement of any Electronic Benefit Transfers being used for unapproved goods.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Doudna

 

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Those on welfare could see new restrictions on where they can spend their benefits
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Wrap: The Senate approved a bill which makes spending welfare benefits at places like casinos, strip clubs and liquor store illegal.

The bill would demand reimbursement for any benefits spent for adult entertainment.

Bill sponsor Democrat and St. Louis County Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal says she was disappointed to hear how government benefits were being used.

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Description: "To my dismay I saw that people were going to strip clubs, and they were going to casinos. And I always talk about poverty, and how poverty negatively impacts

The bill will face another vote before moving to the house.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Doudna


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