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File Photo: Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Tuesday that he wants first-degree sex offender sentences to more than double, to 25 years. Legislators gave his idea a mixed reaction. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Gov. asks for longer sentences

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

Pawlenty's plan received mixed reaction from key Democratic lawmakers.

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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.
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