TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign welfare legislation restricting how poor families can spend cash assistance from the state.
The Republican governor scheduled a Thursday morning signing ceremony at the Statehouse. The new law would take effect July 1.
Brownback and his allies emphasize that the measure puts into state law administrative policies enacted by the state since he took office in January 2011.
They include a requirement for adult cash-assistance recipients to work, look for work or seek job training.
But the measure also says cash assistance couldn’t be used for tobacco, alcohol or sexually oriented materials or at casinos, spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors or fortune-telling businesses, among other places.
Also, the law would limit ATM withdrawals of cash assistance dollars to $25 a day.