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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)

Pawlenty: Toughen sex offender sentences

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

Under the plan announced Tuesday, a first-degree sex offender would be sentenced to at least 25 years, compared to 12 years now.

The Republican governor summed up his philosophy about sex offenders: "They need to be kept off the street for as long as possible."

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

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