Events Calendar

Current Weather

Manatee Road Watch


Eat Here - Gulf Coast Cookery Sean Tampa Bay yacht Management Bills Discount Center - New & used Furnature, Appliances and More!

The Bradenton Times Polls

Poll Question: Should Bucs coach Lovie Smith be fired after his first year that will seemingly end with a 2-14 record?

 Yes  Give him 1 more year  Give him 2 years or more More polls »

The Robyn Report with Robyn Davis

Home
Change Text Size: Larger  Smaller

News Section: State Government



Florida Lawmakers Pass Bills to Create “Sexual Predator” Designation on Driver’s Licenses

Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:07 am

BRADENTON – The Florida Legislature passed bills late last week, containing measures to strengthen child protection in the Sunshine Sate, including provisions that require the words “Sexual Predator” to appear on the driver’s licenses of sexually violent predators, and terminate parental rights for those convicted and required to register with a designation as a sexual predator.

https://www.thebradentontimes.com/clientuploads/Tallahassee/FLcap.jpg

Under current Florida law, a statutory reference -- 775.21, F.S. -- appears on the driver’s licenses of sexual predators. Under SB 7005, a Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles package, the statutory reference will be replaced with the words “Sexual Predator.”

These measures were introduced at the urging of child protection advocate and sexual abuse survivor Lauren Book, who founded the non-profit advocacy group Lauren's Kids.

“This designation is a tool that we as community members – from law enforcement officers to TSA agents to teachers, daycare workers, doctors, nurses and everyone in between – can use to further protect the children and families of Florida,” says Book. “I believe a statutory reference is too benign. This is a scarlet letter that clearly states ‘WARNING! Keep this individual away from children!’ They are a clear and imminent danger, and parents and families have a right to know.”

House and Senate members also worked together to pass SB 1666, a bill that enacts sweeping reforms after the legislature and the Governor learned of the untimely, tragic and often violent deaths of 477 innocent children since 2008, as chronicled by the Miami Herald in its investigative series, Innocents Lost.

SB 1666 includes provisions to increase accountability for child protective workers and community-based care programs, create rapid-response teams to conduct immediate investigations into child deaths and measures to strengthen the state’s ability to remove a child from an unsafe home after parents have demonstrated patterns of abuse or neglect.

The laws also contain provisions which would eliminate the statute of limitations for certain sexual crimes committed against a child younger than 16; require college campuses to notify students and staff about sexual offenders who live nearby; and expand the identifying information sex offenders are required to provide to law enforcement to include such things as email addresses, screen names and information on the vehicles they drive.

Join the conversation post Facebook comments here or on our site at the bottom of article.

 

  In Addition to Facebook Comments You Can Also Post Comments Below



Non-Facebook Comments:

Click here to add a Non-Facebook comment to this page




 Sign up for our free news subscription - a great way to stay informed!



News World Round UpSports Roundup

Manatee Rural Health Certificate
 

MidTown Manatee - Shop here - Work here - Play Here - Live Here - Worship Here - Dine Here

Obituaries

Name Date
Donald King December 21, 2014
Jean Perry December 20, 2014
Daniel van der Kooy December 20, 2014
Marion Hargreaves December 19, 2014
Patrick Cooney December 19, 2014
Frederick Baas December 17, 2014
Wanda Pooley December 15, 2014
Agnes Haynes December 15, 2014
Thelma Mathis December 14, 2014
All Obituaries






Copyright © 2009 - 2014 | The Bradenton Times | More than just an Online Newspaper | http://www.thebradentontimes.com/
405 26 Avenue Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-896-7857 - Privacy Policy - RSS Feed
Template provided by Free CSS Templates