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NIELSON TO HELP SPONSOR CRIME BILL

Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, Thursday joined other Republicans sponsoring a drug and crime bill proposed by U.S. drug czar William Bennett.

"The time is long overdue for this nation to take serious steps in halting the flow of drugs in our neighborhoods and schools," Nielson said.The package includes:

-Death penalty for drug kingpins.

-Enhanced penalties for narcotics-related public corruption.

-New civil penalties for violators of drug paraphernalia laws.

-Revocation of drivers' licenses for drug offenders.

-New penalties for firearms violations.

-New fine and forfeiture authority over boats and aircraft used in the drug trade.

Nielson said, "I know there are some tough provisions in this legislation. But we are in a fight for the security of our families and homes. Our future and the future of our children is at stake. We simply cannot afford to lose this war."