Dewhurst Calls for Harsher Sentences for Sex Offenders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst plans to push for tougher penalties for child molesters during the 2007 legislative session.

Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, will encourage lawmakers to pass a version of Florida's "Jessica's Law."

That law is named after nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was kidnapped and buried alive by a registered sex offender.

The proposal is part of a five-point "Texas Children First" plan Dewhurst is expected to unveil Thursday in Austin.

Mark Lunsford -- Jessica's father -- is scheduled to attend.

Republican Dewhurst is facing Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado and Libertarian Judy Baker in the November seventh election.

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