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Simmons’ ‘Caylee’s Law’ Bill Approved by House, Advances to Senate
3/13/2012
HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton), which would strengthen the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child, was passed today in the House by a unanimous vote. House Bill 1842 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Similar legislation (House Bill 1841), which would strengthen the penalties against someone who makes false reports to police during a criminal investigation involving a child, was also unanimously approved by the House and sent to the Senate. The two measures were drafted as a response to the recent Caylee Anthony homicide case in Florida and together are known as “Caylee’s Law.”

“I am pleased our Caylee’s Law legislation continues to move forward,” said Simmons. “I am grateful to my House colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, for their support and for recognizing the importance of imposing stronger penalties against those who commit crimes against children.”

House Bill 1842 would upgrade the offense of concealing the death of a child to a third-degree felony. It would also increase the maximum penalties to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The legislation ensures the law applies to a natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, guardian or an individual involved in an intimate relationship with the child’s parent. It also applies to a person responsible for the child’s welfare, including babysitters, teachers and coaches.

House Bill 1841 would make the same changes in the law regarding the crime of providing false information to police in a criminal investigation involving a child.

For more information on Simmons and his legislative priorities, visit www.repsimmons.com or
www.facebook.com/RepSimmons.


State Representative Justin Simmons
131st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs 
abriggs@pahousegop.com
717.260.6474
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