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Kansas and Missouri move to tighten welfare rules

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed into law new limitations on welfare eligibility and benefits, while Missouri legislators gave their final approval to a set of restrictions of their own. Brownback touted the Kansas changes as a way to promote self-reliance. But the law includes a ban on spending welfare funds at a wide variety of businesses, including movie theaters, massage parlors, cruise ships and swimming pools.

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Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period

The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

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