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LAW WOULD TOUGHEN SEX OFFENDERS' SENTENCES

The Florida Legislature has passed a bill that would strengthen punishment for sex offenders after two recent killings of young girls, allegedly by two sex offenders.

Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to sign the Jessica Lunsford Act, named for a 9-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and killed in February.

Convicted sex offender John E. Couey, 46, who lived near her, is charged with her killing. Couey did not inform the state when he moved into Jessica's neighborhood in Homosassa, about 60 miles north of Tampa.

The bill would set a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for people convicted of molesting children under 12. If offenders serve less than life, they would be required to wear a global positioning system device after their release so authorities could monitor their whereabouts.

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