Recall Petition Launched Against Segwick Co. Commissioner
November 18, 2015

(AP) – A group of Sedgwick County residents have filed a request to recall a county commissioner over his proposal to restrict people who are in the U.S. illegally from participating in a federal nutrition program.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1O2cql5 ) reports that the request was made Tuesday to recall County Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau. Organizers of the recall said in a news release that Ranzau has failed to fulfill his legal obligation to contract for the protection of public health in the county.

Ranzau says he stands by his proposal regarding who can receive benefits from the Women, Infants and Children nutritional program. He asked the state to change its eligibility requirements.

District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office has five days to decide whether petitioners have legal grounds for a recall.

Kansas Warns WIC Payments in Kansas in Jeopardy because of Shutdown
October 10, 2013

(AP) Kansas officials began notifying county health clinics on Wednesday that a program providing cash subsidies to women and children will cease issuing checks later this month because of the federal government shutdown.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that because of uncertain funding, checks won’t be issued for November or December through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC.

“We are hopeful that the shutdown will be resolved before it impacts WIC past the month of October,” said David Thomason, state WIC director. “But we must be fiscally responsible during this time of uncertainty.”

The program supplies low-income women with checks or debit cards that can be used for infant formula and cereal, fruits and vegetables, dairy items and other healthy food. WIC also provides breast-feeding support and nutrition classes. Low-income women with children under 5 are eligible.

KDHE estimates WIC serves 70,000 residents each month through contracts with county health departments.

Checks are valid for 30 days after they are issued. All county health clinics were fully operational and serving clients as of Wednesday. KDHE also said the agency would be working with grocery stores that participate in the WIC program to keep them informed about the status of the program.

States have been taking similar steps across the country in the wake of the shutdown. Many charitable organizations have stepped forward to help continue assistance to families