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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses the state legislature during the annual State of the State address at the state capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 21, 2015.    Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

A Look at Key Bills from Missouri’s 2015 Legislative Session

Here’s a look at where some of the major issues stand before Friday’s deadline to pass bills.

05/11/2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Gov. Nixon Vetoes Bill Cutting Welfare Benefits

The Democratic governor described the bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature as “a misguided measure that punishes poor children” in a “zeal to reduce reliance on government assistance.”

04/30/2015

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich (Credit: KMOX)

Audit Questions Use of Some Missouri Welfare Benefits

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich identified about $722,000 of what he called “questionable transactions” out of $96 million in electronic card transactions in 2012 for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

12/18/2013

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. House Bill Aims To Curb Welfare Spending

Bill would make it a crime to spend welfare benefits at casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs.

01/19/2013

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