Photos from inside the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, scheduled to open March 4, 2013, in downtown Cincinnati. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO Digital
Photographer: Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO Digital
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The House gave the bill final approval Thursday on a vote of 110-36.
The measure brings Missouri into compliance with federal restrictions on purchases with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families electronic cash benefit cards.
It also prohibits welfare recipients from using the cash benefits for any merchandise marketed exclusively for adults, and increases the penalties for people convicted of spending their benefits improperly.
Supporters contend the measure will prevent fraud and abuse in the welfare system. Opponents say it places unnecessary restrictions on where people can buy food.
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The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.