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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWO MISSOURI LAWMAKERS RECEIVE NATIONAL LEGISLATOR OF YEAR AWARD
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING STATES MOST VULNERABLE BY FIGHTING FRAUD
Missouri Sen. David Sater and Rep. Marsha Haefner were each honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Legislator of the Year Award Monday for their leadership to preserve the safety net for their state’s most vulnerable by combating and rooting out fraud.
Sater and Haefner worked to bring innovative, high-tech tools to Missouri’s Department of Social Services, in an effort to ensure the long-term stability of the state’s welfare programs to catch and stop fraud. Strong partnerships with the FGA and leaders like Sater and Haefner have sent a strong message to people who abuse welfare systems around the country, that they will be caught.
“So many people depend on our state services, like the elderly, children, the disabled, struggling parents, and many more, and people who steal from these programs are stealing from those in need,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Fortunately leaders like Sen. Sater and Rep. Haefner are looking at bold, innovative solutions that leverage 21st-century tools to stop fraud and waste in their states’ social programs.”
Sater and Heafner are part of a handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award.