Representative Lindsay will introduce “Caylee’s Law” in 2012 Session

SALEM – Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) announced today he’ll introduce “Caylee’s Law” during the next legislative session in February. He said the legislation would require parents, guardians and caretakers to report the death or disappearance of a child within 24 hours.

“As a parent, there’s nothing more frightening than the loss or disappearance of a child,” Rep. Lindsay said. “Unfortunately, recent events in Florida show some parents don’t share the same sense of urgency during such an emergency. Caylee’s Law will help ensure that law enforcement is notified immediately so they can pursue justice for an innocent child.”

Rep. Lindsay said Caylee’s Law will impose penalties on parents, guardians and caretakers who fail to notify law enforcement of a death or disappearance of a child. He said the law will serve as an additional tool for law enforcement as they seek to locate a child and prosecute those who are responsible.

“I am listening to the outpouring of phone calls and emails I have received urging the Legislature to adopt this important measure,” Rep. Lindsay said. “I agree that someday, Caylee’s Law may save the life of a child in Oregon. I look forward to bringing this bill to the Legislature in 2012.”

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  • HBgyuy

    More law that’s just feel good stupidity. But of course we’ll spend time and money passing it and everyone will vote for it because…well who want’s to be soft on crime. 

    Lets see. When would this law apply. Are distraught parents going to NOT report a missing child? Is a parent who murders or abandons a child going to then report it within 24 hours of their crime so they don’t get prosecuted for this new law?

    This only makes sense in one aspect. Political theater and resume packing.

    How about proposing some laws (or repeal of laws) that are substantive and vital to our economy and communities. That would be time much better spent. 

    This is ridiculous. 

    • LC

      I totally agree. The thought behind it’s nice, but in reality, won’t do a darn thing.

      Hopefully Representative Lindsay recognizes this and votes against a law that does little more than makes us feel good about ourselves.

    • LC

      I totally agree. The thought behind it’s nice, but in reality, won’t do a darn thing.

      Hopefully Representative Lindsay recognizes this and votes against a law that does little more than makes us feel good about ourselves.

  • HoboJoe

    How about we just enforce the laws we already have?
    Idiots.

  • HazelD

    Hey!  Where’s the front-runner Brucie Starr on this?  He’s usually the one out front on this feel good stuff.

  • Reper

    Is not negligence a crime already?

  • Gullyborg

    No, no, no, no, NO.  A thousand times NO.  NO MORE STUPID LAWS FOR PROBLEMS WE DON’T HAVE.  Start either enforcing existing laws, or repealing them.  DO NOT WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TRYING TO PASS THIS.  You are going back to Salem in February for ONE THING ONLY – BALANCE OUR BUDGET.  We have an out of control Oregon Health Authority that is spending a quarter of a BILLION dollars more than it is projected to have, on the assumption that magical “savings” from “coordinated care organizations” offering more services to more clients – THAT NEEDS FIXING FIRST.  After that, ease the regulatory burdens keeping Oregonians from starting and growing business so people can get JOBS.

    Once you have completed that, then MAYBE we can chat about a feel good law to get tough on crimes that aren’t happening.  (We’ll still say “no,” but at least we’ll talk about it).

  • Stephan

    actually,

    ” legislation would require parents, guardians and caretakers to report the death or disappearance of a child within 24 hours.”

    I think this should be broken down into 2 seperate laws.

     First off, how many children run away from home, only to be found at a friend’s house the next day??? So, disappearance and death are not in the same category! being a lawyer from BYU one would think that Rep. Lyndsay would have applied a little more critical argument to his proposal before flipping the switch.

    I think that the law would be appropriate as:

    ” legislation would require parents, guardians and caretakers to report the death of a child within 24 hours.”

    I believe the disappearance of a child is already covered by existing law enforcement protocols…….

    But then again, I majored in poverty and minored in beer drinking and chasing women at Colorado state university, and BYU has been kicking our asses in football for a few years now…..  

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