JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Closing loopholes is what lawmakers say they will do in 2014.
A bill proposed on New Year's Eve marks the fifth designed to strengthen Florida's sexual predator laws. State Sen. Audrey Gibson is behind the new measure that would make it illegal to loan your car to a sex offender or predator.
"I thought if we could do that for traffic offenders, surely we should be able to apply the same kinds of actions to registered sexual offenders and sexual predators who prey on our children," said Gibson.
Gibson's proposal comes more than six months after the kidnapping and brutal murder of 8-year-old Cherish Periwinkle. We've shown you the documents detailing how Cherish's alleged attacker and registered sex offender, Donald Smith, borrowed his mother's van the night Cherish disappeared.
If the new measure had been in effect, Smith's mother would have faced losing her driver's license for a year for letting her offender son use her vehicle.
Action News went to Patricia Moore's home to get her thoughts on this bill. We knocked but no one answered.
"Smith is an evil guy. Nothing about restricting where he got his car from is going to change the vileness of his character," said local attorney Randy Reep.
Reep says this bill will likely be road-blocked by judicial review.
"It puts criminal responsibility on the person who lent them the car. Think about that," he said.