Legislature 2014: Florida senate passes tougher sexual predator bills ( Somer Thompson )

All four bills were approved unanimously and without debate on the first day of the 60-day legislative session.

The Senate wanted to send a clear message that protecting people from sexual predators was its top priority.

That message will be repeated in the House next week when it is expected to send the bills to Gov. Rick Scott at the first opportunity.

 The mother of Somer Thompson, a 7-year-old Orange Park girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed and her body dumped in a trash bin, was in tears in the Senate gallery as each of the bills passed

. Just before the vote on the final bill, Republican Sen. Rob Bradley said, “This is for Somer.”

 Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2014-03-04/story/senate-passes-tougher-sexual-predator-bills#ixzz2yDyksj64

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