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Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.

Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri. The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days.

A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.

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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.

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A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores.