Caylee Anthony bill moving in Florida House

TALLAHASSEE — A bill inspired by 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's death is moving in the Florida House after being changed to match the Senate's version.

The bill (HB 37) was unanimously approved Tuesday by the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee but no longer sets reporting deadlines for missing or deceased children.

Police say that could result in unintended consequences.

Instead, it increases the maximum from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murdering her last year in Orlando but convicted of lying to investigators.

The bill also no longer is called "Caylee's Law."

The changes were made earlier to align it with a bill (SB 858) that's awaiting final Senate committee action.

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