HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The first of what are likely to be numerous bills resulting from the sensational Florida murder case that ended this week is already being worked up in the Pennsylvania Senate.
After such intensive news coverage of a case, it’s almost inevitable that the legislative hopper will soon be filled with bills is response. St. Joseph’s University political analyst Dr. Randall Miller says, while some will view that cynically, the case of little Caylee Anthony points out some legitimate potential flaws in the law.
“Motives might actually be mixed anyway, in terms of ‘gee, I want to do this because it’ll be good for me, but I also want to do this because it’s a good thing to do.’”
Legislation is already in the works in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In the Pennsylvania Senate, Philadelphia Democrat Larry Farnese is preparing a bill that would increase penalties for concealing the death of a child and would create the offense of failing to report a missing child.
A spokesman for the Senate majority leader agrees that there likely to be numerous bills resulting from this case and says they will be carefully reviewed.
Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio