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New legislation passed this year requires TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients to take a test that screens for narcotics. If they fail the test, they could lose their benefits for three years. However, the measure would allow them to receive benefits if they complete a drug treatment program and do not test positive again. To protect the children and dependent family members involved, their benefits will be distributed through a third party state official.

I worked to increase transparency in your healthcare costs. Health insurance carriers must on request, provide you information on the amount of cost-sharing, including deductibles, co-payments and coinsurance that you would be responsible for paying.

I supported Mortgage Fraud legislation placing local prosecutors on the same footing as federal investigators who were the only entity able to prosecute offenders. This was not an efficient way of taking care of this problem plaguing many Missouri families. It also creates civil and criminal penalties for residential mortgage fraud.

The Safe and Sound Program has the goal of repairing or replacing over 800 bridges by 2012. The project will be awarded to a contractor who will have a deadline to renovate all of the damaged bridges. In addition, the contractor selected will be responsible for maintaining the bridges in good condition for an additional 25 years.

We expanded the ability for citizens to protect themselves by expanding the Castle Doctrine. This allows citizens to use deadly force if confronted with an imminent threat in their home or vehicle and provides legal protection for retaliation. There are also protections for citizens who own firearms from having them confiscated by the government without being accused of a crime. It should prevent instances similar to what happened in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where the mayor order law enforcement officers to confiscated legally-owned firearms from city residents.

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