Fla. House passes tougher sexual predator bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida House passed a package of bills designed to strengthen sexual predator laws, including a mandatory 50-year sentence for child rapists.

The four bills passed unanimously Wednesday, and three are now awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's signature. They're designed to tighten loopholes in a law that allows the state to civilly commit the most dangerous sexual offenders once they've finished their sentences.

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More offenders could be reviewed if the measures become laws, including people serving jail sentences for sex crimes. Now, only people convicted of felonies can be reviewed for commitment.

Prosecutors and victim advocates would be part of the review process.

One bill will create a 50-year mandatory sentence for people who rape children, the developmentally disabled and the elderly. The mandatory minimum for raping children is now 25 years.

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