The Virginia senate is making life tougher for sex offenders.

Two bills were recently passed, one of which requires that juveniles convicted of serious sex crimes be added to a sex offender registry that could be accessed only by law enforcement agencies.

Supporting senators say the bill is needed to comply with a federal sex registry law and avoid the loss of about a half a million dollars in grant funds.

Opponents of the bill say it goes too far by imposing a lifetime penalty on juvenile offenders.

We've learned the senate also voted to pass a bill requiring a life sentence for serious sex crimes against children when the defendant is 18 or older.