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File Number: 111595
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File Number: 111595 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 1 Reference: R-708-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: MAKE IT A FELONY NOT REPORTING MISSING CHILD WITHIN 24/48HRS Introduced: 7/29/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/1/2011
Agenda Date: 9/1/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A24
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS CAYLEE’S LAW MAKING IT A FELONY NOT TO REPORT A MISSING CHILD TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/1/2011 11A24 Adopted P

County Attorney 7/29/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS CAYLEE’S LAW MAKING IT A FELONY NOT TO REPORT A MISSING CHILD TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS

BODY
WHEREAS, on July 5, 2011, a jury found Orlando resident Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year old daughter Caylee in a controversial verdict that triggered a national debate; and
WHEREAS, the jury did find Casey Anthony guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officials, but these offenses were misdemeanors that each carried a maximum sentence of one year in prison; and
WHEREAS, Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008, but her mother Casey never reported her missing; and
WHEREAS, it was Caylee’s grandmother that eventually reported her missing on July 15, 2008, a full month later; and
WHEREAS, over 1.2 million people nationwide have signed petitions urging Congress to pass Caylee’s Law that would make it a felony not to report a missing child to law enforcement within 24 hours; and
WHEREAS, while bills may be filed in Congress, this issue is probably more likely to be addressed at the state level; and
WHEREAS, bills have been filed for consideration during the 2012 state legislative session, HB 37 by Representative Jose Felix Diaz (R – Miami) and HB 49 by Representative Bill Hager (R – Boca Raton), entitled Caylee’s Law; and
WHEREAS, HB 37 would make it a second degree felony for a caregiver to fail to report to law enforcement that:
1. A child 12 years of age or younger is missing within 48 hours; or
2. A child has died within two hours after learning of the location of the corpse; and
WHEREAS, HB 37 also would make it second degree felony for a caregiver to give false information to a law enforcement conducting a missing person investigation or a felony criminal investigation involving a minor child in the caregiver’s care; and
WHEREAS, HB 49 includes similar provisions; and
WHEREAS, this Board supports passage of Caylee’s Law,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress and the Florida Legislature to pass Caylee’s Law making it a felony not to report a missing child to law enforcement within 24 to 48 hours.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal and state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2011 and 2012 Federal Legislative Packages and the 2012 State Legislative Package to include this item.




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