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Statement by Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher regarding Improvements to Sex-offender Database

6/1/2005

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Tami Torres 
(850) 413-2842
       
TALLAHASSEE - Today, during a meeting of the governor and the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher requested that additional key information be made available to the public to protect families from the threat of convicted sex offenders and sexual predators.
 
"Just like any parent in this state, my first priority is the safety of my family.  If the state can legally provide me with information I can use to protect my wife and child against the threat of sexual predators, then I believe it should," said Gallagher. "Commissioner Guy Tunnell and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have done a great job in compiling a sex-offender database which allows Floridians to check the addresses of convicted sex offenders who live within five miles of their neighborhoods. 
 
"We should continue to look for ways to arm families with information. Today, in Cabinet, I proposed that the make, model, color and license plate number of convicted sex-offenders' vehicles be added as available information in the FDLE sex-offender database.  I am pleased that the response among the governor, fellow Cabinet members and the commissioner have been supportive so far, and I look forward to working with FDLE on this effort.
 
"With the recent string of horrible crimes committed against children in Florida, parents are searching for any information that will help them better protect their children.   I will continue to do what I can to ensure the state is making every effort to protect them as well."