Missouri Senate approves reduced lifetime limit on welfare
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A compromise between Missouri House and Senate Republicans that would lower the lifetime limit for temporary cash assistance for low-income families from 60 months to 45 months is moving forward.
The Senate on Tuesday approved by a vote of 25 to 9 the measure that would also impose stricter work requirements and higher sanctions for noncompliance.
Supporters say lowering the amount of time would encourage people to find work and get job training more quickly.
Opponents say it would push off families that need support and would harm children.
The bill would also require participants have face-to-face meetings with counselors when they are in danger of losing assistance.
The House must also approve the compromise worked out by House and Senate negotiators before it goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.