Kansas Gov. backs away from assistance to those who don't meet work requirements

July 11, 2019 - 7:50 pm

 Gov. Laura Kelly has dropped a policy that extended food assistance to thousands of Kansas adults because they failed to meet a work requirement.

Kelly acted Thursday in response to a threat from Attorney General Derek Schmidt to file a lawsuit over the policy change.

Top lawmakers in the Legislature argued that the policy change made in May violated a 2015 law imposing work requirements and other restrictions on food and cash assistance recipients.

Kelly said she believes her administration's policy was "legally defensible" but engaging in a lengthy court battle was not worth the cost to taxpayers.

The state extended food assistance this month to 5,500 adults due to lose it. 

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