Proposed Bill Would Limit Welfare Recipients' Purchases

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JEFFERSON CITY - Two Missouri Senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) recipients to use funds in any electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transaction in any liquor store, casino, adult-oriented establishment and other similar businesses.

Senator Will Kraus and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal are held a press conference on Monday to present the proposal.

The senators said some people use money from their EBT to buy alcohol or gamble at casinos.

This bill would follow similar federal rules passed last year. Missouri has until 2014 to limit welfare benefits at these establishments or risk losing five percent of its federal funding for the program.

However, this bill would not fully prevent welfare recipients from using benefits at these locations. The recipients could still withdraw cash and use that money at the businesses.