Lawmakers override Nixon, reduce state welfare limits

Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation to reduce lifetime eligibility for welfare recipients, meaning thousands of low-income Missourians will be removed from government assistance.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 113-24 to override Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 24. That followed the Senate’s 25-9 vote Monday night to override the governor. Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

Nixon, a Democrat, had vetoed the bill Thursday, calling it “a misguided measure that punishes poor children.”

The bill will lower the lifetime limit that families can stay on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, from 60 months to 45 months. It will also put sanctions on families with adults who don’t comply with work requirements, and requires individuals to be looking for a job before they can receive food stamps.

The Department of Social Services estimates about 9,500 people, including 6,400 children, will lose benefits in the first year of the new law.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio and the Kansas City Star

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