- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas would prohibit adults who receive cash assistance from the state from using it to patronize strip clubs or buy sexually oriented materials under a bill before a legislative committee.

The state Department for Children and Families promoted the measure during a House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee hearing.

The bill puts into state law policies enacted under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for cash assistance and food stamps. The policies require able-bodied adult recipients to be employed or looking for work.

But the bill contains new restrictions, such as the one involving sexually oriented materials. Another new policy would impose a lifetime ban on receiving food stamps after a felony drug conviction.

Critics said the state would be tightening its rules when child poverty is rising.

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