Posted: Feb 23, 2012 1:20 AM by Kirsten Bennett
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers under pressure from constituents in the months after the Casey Anthony trial have found it's not easy to toughen penalties for parents who don't immediately report missing children.
Seventeen states tried to pass "Caylee's Law" legislation - named after Anthony's 2-year-old daughter whose 2008 disappearance in Florida was not reported for a month. But many of these efforts have failed or stalled over concerns that proposed changes were too broad, and in some cases, not necessary.
Iowa is the latest state to face difficulty trying to strengthen penalties involving how and when parents report missing children. A legislative panel Wednesday rejected a bill that would have required parents in the state to know their children were safe in any 24-hour period.