General Assembly Considers "Caylee's Law"

Frankfort, KY – A new proposal before Kentucky's General Assembly would make it a felony not to report the disappearance of a child 12 or younger within 12 hours. The bill is called "Caylee's law" for a 2-year-old Florida girl who died in 2008. Democratic Representatives Richard Henderson and Keith Hall say it gives prosecutors another tool to help police and prosecutors. Republican Representative Stan Lee and Ernie Lewis, legislative agent for the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, raised questions about the bill's wording at a House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday. Hall and Henderson say they are willing to work with Lewis and others to strengthen the legislation and expect to reintroduce it next week.