Dewhurst Calls for Harsher Sentences for Sex Offenders

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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.