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Toohil’s ‘Caylee’s Law’ Bill is Approved by Committee And Sent to House Floor
HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), which would increase the penalties for the crime of making false reports to police during a criminal investigation involving a child, was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday by a unanimous vote. House Bill 1841 now goes to the full House for consideration.

Similar legislation (House Bill 1842), which was sponsored by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) and would strengthen the penalties for concealing the death of a child, was also sent to the House floor after a unanimous committee vote. The two measures are in response to the recent Caylee Anthony homicide case in Florida and together are known as “Caylee’s Law.”

“We need tougher laws in place here in Pennsylvania to prevent the kind of tragedy that unfolded in Florida,” said Toohil. “I am pleased the majority chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Ron Marsico, and the committee members have moved the measure forward in a timely manner.”

House Bill 1841 would upgrade the offense of making false reports to police during a criminal investigation involving 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, a person responsible for the child’s welfare, including babysitters, teachers and coaches, any individual living in the same home as the child or a paramour of the child’s parent.

House Bill 1842 would make the same changes in the law regarding the crime of concealing the death of a child, whether it was born dead or alive or was murdered or not.

“After the verdict in the Anthony case was handed down last year, we heard from a large number of constituents who supported our Caylee’s Law legislation,” said Toohil. “Pennsylvania needs to send a strong message to those who would commit crimes against our children – that they will face serious penalties for doing so. I believe these bills do that.”

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State Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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