Archive for Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kansas Senate to vote on tighter rules for social services

April 2, 2015

— The Kansas Senate is preparing for a final vote on tighter rules for social services as lawmakers look toward their annual spring break.

The Senate was voting Thursday on a bill that would enshrine policies enacted since Republican Gov. Sam Brownback took office in January 2011 into law. The policies include a requirement that able-bodied adult recipients of cash assistance have jobs or seek work.

The measure also sets new rules that include a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards.

Supporters said the bill furthers a goal of helping people move from state assistance into well-paying jobs. Critics see it as an attack on the poor.

Lawmakers hoped to begin their spring break Friday. They expected to reconvene April 29 to wrap up the year's business.

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