GOP leaders: Food policy breaks law

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June 5, 2019 - 10:15 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration of breaking Kansas law with a new policy that makes it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance.

The state Department for Children and Families maintained that the policy is legal. The agency said it will help the homeless and young adults aging out of state custody in the foster care system and that recipients could receive extended benefits through September.

Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins demanded in a letter to Kelly that the governor rescind the policy issued May 17. It says the department will extend assistance month by month for some able-bodied adults without children instead of cutting it off because the recipient isn’t working or enrolled in job training.

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