- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have approved a bill to allow a top social services official to loosen or end a restriction on ATM withdrawals by recipients of cash assistance from the state.

The votes Saturday were 28-11 in the Senate and 63-41 in the House. The measure goes next to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bill allows the secretary of the Department for Children and Families to increase or eliminate a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with a state cash assistance card.

The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the limit in April as an anti-fraud initiative, but critics saw it as mean-spirited.

Department officials now worry that the federal government could object and withhold its funding for cash assistance.

The bill also increases a tax on HMOs to help close a projected budget shortfall.

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