© 2023 KMUW
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Some New Kansas Welfare Rules Need Federal Approval

Stephen Koranda

Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a sweeping bill tightening Kansas welfare rules, but the new requirements must comply with nation-wide guidelines.

Sandra Kimmons with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, says many of the provisions in the law were already on the books.

Some new rules, like a $25 limit on ATM cash withdrawals, may catch the eye of federal officials.

However, Kimmons says that requirement doesn't seem to violate federal rules.

“We have no idea that the feds will say, we have not found any specific regulation that states that, most of it’s very general terms,” says Kimmons.

The law cuts back on the amount of cash assistance welfare recipients can receive during their lifetimes. It also restricts what they can buy and where.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.