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Update 11 a.m.: Pawlenty wants longer sex offender sentences


Update 11 a.m.

ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to double some sex offender sentences, the latest in a series of related moves over the years.

Under the Republican governor's plan, a first-degree sex offender would receive a sentence of at least 25 years, compared to about 12 years now.

While he won legislative approval to give life sentences to some who are convicted of particularly heinous sex crimes, Pawlenty this morning said that did not go far enough.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.