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Bipartisan Package Of Sex Predator Bills Head For Floor Votes In Both Chambers

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A bipartisan package of sex predator bills is now heading for a floor vote in both the House and Senate.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday banning sex offenders from owning pornography. They also approved a measure that cracks down on repeat offenders who expose themselves in a vulgar way in public. Stuart Republican Representative Gayle Harrell is a sponsor of that bill.

“Really, I’m very pleased. I think it really says the state of Florida is taking a very strong stand against sexual predators, and I think it’s very important to say the Florida Legislature is not going to tolerate this in the state of Florida,” said Harrell.

Meanwhile, a series of measures that are all part of Senate President Don Gaetz’ legislative package aimed at cracking down on sex offenders and sex predators also received final committee approvals Thursday.  One expands the criteria for whether to keep a sex predator in state custody, and another defines the training and increases the number of people on the panels that make those determinations. There’s also a measure increasing the prison term for certain adult-on-minor sex offenses, as well as a bill that toughens registration requirements for offenders.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.