House overrides Gov. Nixon's veto of a welfare restriction bill
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House overrides Gov. Nixon's veto of a welfare restriction bill

Date: May 5, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 24 and the House roll call

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The lifetime limit that someone can collect TANF benefits will be cut by 15 months after the Missouri House completed the override of Governor Nixon's veto Tuesday morning
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Wrap: The bill would also require those on TANF to have a job or be actively looking for a job.

Representative Diane Franklin handled the bill in the House and said governments have been trying to solve poverty for a long time.

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Description: "We have been looking at poverty in this country for over 50 years and we are unable to move the needle on poverty through our different federal programs."

Democrats attacked the bill as too restrictive and burdensome to families.

With both the House and Senate overrides, the bill now becomes law.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Democrats said a bill reducing the lifetime limit a person can receive TANF benefits looks down upon the poor
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Wrap: Representative Genise Montecillo of St. Louis County said the bill is designed to look down on those least fortunate in society.

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Description: "This is once again this body and this legislature passing on some of its members' moralistic judgment of families who struggle to take care of their loved ones and family members."

The bill was overriden by a 113-42 vote and now will become law.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Missourians who receive TANF benefits will now only be able to claim them for just short of 4 years under a bill that will become law.
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Wrap: Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes said the work requirements contained in the bill will help people feel dignified.

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Description: "Why do we insist on work, Mr. Speaker? It's more than a paycheck. It gives people who work a greater sense of worth."

The House overrode Governor Nixon's veto by a 113-42 vote and the bill now becomes law.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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