Republicans in the Kansas State Legislature are backing a bill that aims to curb the use of federal welfare assistance money for a host of nonessential goods and services ranging from liquor to having your fortune read.
The Hutchinson News reported last week on a battle in the Kansas State Senate to whittle down amendments to a bill crafted to rein in abuses to funds that qualified Kansans collect through the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
After some back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats, the bill passed both chambers and now awaits Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature. Brownback is expected to sign the bill into law.
According to the Hutchinson News, the bill will forbid the use of TANF funds on out-of-state purchases, or for transactions at any of the following venues:
… liquor store, casino, jewelry store, tattoo or body piercing parlor, spa, massage parlor, nail salon, lingerie shop, tobacco paraphernalia store, psychic or fortune telling business, bail bond company, video arcade, movie theater, swimming pool, cruise ship, theme park, dog or horse racing facility or sexually oriented retail business.