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Pennsylvania Legislature Readies First of ”Caylee’s Law” Measures

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(Photo provided by Orange County, Fla. sheriff's office)

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The first of what are likely to be numerous pieces of legislation resulting from the sensational Casey Anthony murder case (see related story) is already being worked up in the Pennsylvania state senate.

High-profile cases like the murder of little Caylee Anthony in Florida almost always prompt a spate of legislative proposals, and bills are already in the pipeline in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

And Dr. Randall Miller, a political analyst at St. Joseph’s University, says there are likely to be several more.

“Yeah, very likely so.  I mean, some people might see this as cynical — that is, politicians simply jumping on the bandwagon of a public concern — ut it’s also fair to say that it’s also serviceable.”

Serviceable in that Miller says the case points up legitimate potential shortcomings in the law.

In the Pennsylvania Senate, Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) 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 state senate majority leader says there likely to be more bills and they will be carefully reviewed.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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