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Governor signs tough sex offender laws

FLORIDA  --    Governor Rick Scott signed four bills this afternoon designed to make Florida the most "unfriendly state" for sex offenders and predators.

Homeless offenders will now, be required to let police know where they spend their time.

Lauren Book was abused by her nanny, Chris Swinehart by his stepfather.

Chris Swinehart/Abused Teen "My mom told me change the story and I didn't think that was fair for her and for him to do that to me."

Both came to the Capitol to see tough new sex offender legislation signed by the Governor.

"I want to thank you for hearing them. Thank you for hearing us."
The legislation makes it easier to keep sex offenders in treatment after serving their prison sentences,

Rep. Matt Gaetz/ R-Fort Walton Beach "No one has ever raped a child from the inside of a prison cell, and that's where many of these predators are going to spend a lot more time."

It keeps them on probation after they are released, and makes them register any cars they might drive, their email addresses before they are used, and where they are living within 48 hours of a change.

Sen. Greg Evers/R - Baker "We wanted them to register, we wanted to know even if they're homeless and livin under a bridge. which end of the bridge do you live under?

Hillsborough Detective Kat Poyner says the registration will make offenders think twice.

Kat Poyner/Hillsborough Sheriff's Detective "I think that when they come in and they are registering and they realize all the different ramifications and sanctions that they are under. I think it makes them behave.

Mike Vasilinda "The current law says the worst sex offenders can be sentenced for 25 years to life, the new law, a minimum of fifty."

During the bill signing, a victim's advocate held a picture of 9-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle who was killed last year. Had the new provisions been law back then, many believe Cherish would still be alive.