OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — After a Kansas Watchdog investigation last year uncovered public welfare dollars ending up at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores, the Sunflower State has finally put some bite into its once-weak welfare restrictions.

During the course of three months during 2012, Kansas Watchdog discovered that state aid recipients withdrew more than $43,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits from ATMs at places like Golden Eagle Casino in Horton, Vegas Video Adult Superstore in Wichita and G Spot, a Junction City strip club, among others.

But as of Feb. 1, all that has come to a screeching halt, according to the Kansas Department for Children and Families, which administers TANF cash distribution in the state.