Kansas governor signs welfare reform bill

(KSNT Photo/Kaitlin Berry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that specifies several dozen items poor families will not be able to buy with their welfare benefits.

The restricted items included in the bill Brownback signed Thursday include concerts, tattoos, psychics and lingerie.

Although more than 20 states have similar bills, Kansas appears to have the most extensive list of restricted items. The bill has sparked national ridicule from several groups.

But it is part of a broader welfare law taking effect in July that Brownback and his allies say is aimed at moving poor families from social services into jobs.


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