04/09/2013 03:22 pm ET

'Don't Get Sick' Bill: Missouri Rep. Steve Cookson Proposes Punishing Students Who Miss School (VIDEO)

Missouri GOP Rep. Steve Cookson is sponsoring a bill that says the children of welfare recipients must attend public school at least 90 percent of the time in order to receive medical benefits. Students who miss more than 10 percent of class will be ineligible for aid. Cookson was also behind a controversial bill introduced last year that sought to eliminate any mention of sexual orientation in the state's schools.

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