A Bill Named After Caylee Anthony Wins Approval In Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill inspired by 2-year-old Caylee Anthony’s death is moving in the Florida House after being changed to match the Senate’s version.

The bill (HB 37) that won unanimous approval Tuesday from the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee no longer sets deadlines for parents to report a child missing or dead.

Police say that could result in unintended consequences.

Instead, it increases the maximum penalty from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.

Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murdering the toddler last year in Orlando but convicted of lying to investigators.

The bill also no longer is called “Caylee’s Law.”

The changes were made earlier to align it with the Senate bill (SB 858).

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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