Here's how Kansas law will restrict use of cash assistance

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 1:23 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law taking effect July 1 will restrict how poor families spend cash assistance from the state.

In addition to the limits on where and what they can buy with assistance funds, the law dictates that none of the money can be used in out-of-state purchases. Those who use benefit cards on ATMs will also find a $25 daily limit on withdrawals.

A complete list of what Kansas would prohibit using cash assistance on:

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ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE PURCHASED WITH CASH ASSISTANCE

— Alcohol

— Cigarettes

— Tobacco products

— Lottery tickets

— Concert tickets

— Professional or collegiate sporting events

— Tickets for entertainment events intended for the general public

— Sexually oriented adult materials

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PLACES WHERE CASH ASSISTANCE COULD NOT BE USED

— Retail liquor store

— Casino

— Gaming establishment

— Jewelry store

— Tattoo parlor

— Massage parlor

— Body piercing parlor

— Spa

— Nail salon

— Lingerie shop

— Tobacco paraphernalia store

— Vapor cigarette store

— Psychic or fortune telling business

— Bail bond company

— Video arcade

— Movie theater

— Swimming pool

— Cruise ship

— Theme park

— Dog or horse racing facility

— Pari-mutuel facility

— Sexually oriented business or any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment

— Any business or retail establishment where minors under age 18 are not permitted.

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Source: Kansas Senate Substitute for House Bill 2258, Section 9, subsection 14.

Online:

Text of new welfare law: http://bit.ly/1H8k7SD .