September 9, 2006
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Federation of Republican Women Pledges
to Help Pass Jessica’s Law in Every State
– At its fall board of directors meeting, the National
Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) pledged to continue
working to ensure Jessica’s Law is passed in every state.
More than 150
Republican women from across the country gathered in
Indianapolis Sept. 8-9 to meet with Mark Lunsford, father of the
girl for whom Jessica’s Law is named. In 2005, nine-year-old
Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered
by a convicted sex offender in Florida.
The Jessica Lunsford Act was passed in Florida later that year
in an effort to toughen penalties for sexual offenders through
mandatory minimum sentencing, lifetime supervision and
electronic monitoring, increased registration and reporting
requirements, and other measures.
“More than 24 states have passed Jessica’s Law or equivalent
legislation,” Lunsford told the group. “But several states still
need a lot of work. Many have only passed weak legislation with
loopholes, legislation that makes people feel good, but that
does no good. Jessica’s Law is the most powerful legislation to
date to protect our children.”
With the support of Lunsford and the Jessica Marie Lunsford
Foundation, the NFRW has launched a comprehensive issue advocacy
program which will be implemented at the state level by the
NFRW’s state federations. The program gives state federations
the tools to advocate for the passage of Jessica’s Law or its
equivalent in every state, and also calls for monitoring the
enforcement of the legislation once it is passed.
Founded in 1938, the NFRW is one of the largest women’s
political organizations in the country with nearly 100,000
members. The grassroots organization recruits and elects
Republican candidates, advocates the Party’s philosophy and
initiatives, and empowers women in the political process.
information about the NFRW, visit
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