Friday, July 8, 2011

Fla. Caylee’s Law in the works

MANATEE -- State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is sponsoring a bill dubbed Caylee’s Law in reaction to the Casey Anthony trial.

If passed in the next legislative session, the law would make it a felony not to report a missing child to law enforcement.

“The purpose of my bill is twofold,” Hager said. “First to provide another arrow in the prosecutor’s quiver, in terms of prosecuting such matters in the future and No. 2, to remind all parents and guardians they need to immediately report a missing child.”

Hager said the monthlong time lapse for Anthony to report her daughter missing was the “dark cloud” that hovered over the case and one of the factors that inspired the proposed bill.

Hager has been soliciting input from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the attorney general’s office and local law enforcement for the bill.

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