"Not working as Republicans or Democrats, but working as Floridians to simply do what's right for the people of our state, the children of our state, the seniors of Florida. Florida's going to be a safer place," said Governor Charlie Crist before he signed the Anti-Murder Act making it law.
A gathering of people at the Florida Capitol watched Crist as he signed the Anti-Murder Act aiming to prevent felons from committing violent crimes. The bill became the first law under his governance.
"In our state those people were by enlarge staying out and going to see Carli Brucia in Sarasota and Jessica Lunsford in Citrus County and Sarah Lunde and the Deltona 6," added Crist.
The bill, first proposed in 2005 by then Attorney General Crist, unanimously passed through the Legislature and sends a stern message to violent offenders on probation.
"It only gets the worst of the worse and it only says if you are a violent felony offender and you continue to offend, then you need to be locked up for the remainder of your sentence," said Representative Sandy Adams, R-Oviedo, FL and House sponsor of the bill.
"You know who the bad guys are. You've given then a second chance. They've violated their probation thus squandering their second chance and we want to say the court has a responsibility to look at that individual and determine whether or not he or she poses a danger to the community," said Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, FL and Senate sponsor of the bill.
Crist referenced a person's right to the pursuit of happiness and said the victim's were stripped of theirs. Then he commended lawmakers for taking a step towards preventing others from losing their right.
"I believe this is the 'Golden Era' of the Florida Legislature. We will never know how many future children will be able now to pursue happiness because of their good work, because of their dedication and because of simply doing what is right," added Crist.