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Welfare Recipients Would be Banned from Gambling Under Proposed Legislation

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) - Those on welfare could not gamble in Missouri, under proposed legislation in Jefferson city.

Republican St. Joseph Senator Rob Schaaf introduced the bill.

“If they are going to be taking taxpayer dollars , they don’t need to be gambling with those dollars.”  said Schaaf.

Democratic St. Louis Senator Robin Wright Jones rejects the proposal.

“People who receive welfare have a life just like people who do not and they have every right to participate in anything that the state funds.” said Wright-Jones.

The bill would give riverboat casinos a list of welfare recipients and ban them from gaming activities.

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