Kansas House panel endorses new photo ID cards for state services

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas House committee has approved changes in rules for social service programs that would require the state to include photo identification on benefit cards.

A bill endorsed Wednesday by the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee largely puts into state law policies enacted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.

They include a requirement that able-bodied adults seeking food stamps or cash assistance be employed or looking for work.

The committee also decreased the lifetime limit on cash assistance from four years to three years and required photo IDs on benefit cards to prevent people trading the cards for cash.

Some advocates for the needy argue that the measure will make it harder for families to climb out of poverty.

The bill goes next to the House for debate.

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