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Caylee Anthony, Human Trafficking Bills Reach Rick Scott's Desk

March 22, 2012 - 7:00pm

A number of bills, including one inspired by the death of Caylee Anthony that would increase penalties for failing to report missing children and two bills backed by Attorney General Pam Bondi, reached the desk of Gov. Rick Scott Friday.

The bills backed by Bondi would increase penalties for human trafficking and eliminate a loophole she says has allowed scam artists to thrive on people seeking to quickly sell timeshares.

The Caylee Anthony-inspired bill -- the product of a special committee commissioned in the wake of the 2-year-old's mother Casey Anthony being acquitted of her murder last summer in Orlando -- would make it a felony for any caregiver to fail to report if a child 16 or younger is missing.

Scott has until April 7 to act on the bills.

The bills that reached Scott Friday:

CS1 HB37 Knowingly andWillfully Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.

CS1 HB 173 Department of Juvenile Justice.

CS1 HB357 Homestead Exemptions for Seniors.

CS1 HB435 Gilchrist County.

CS1 HB465 District School Board Bonds.

CS1 HB483 Uniform Commercial Code.

CS1 HB691 Beach Management.

CS3 HB711 Sale or Lease of a County, District, or Municipal Hospital.

CS3 HB799 Physical Therapy.

CS1 HB809 Communications Services Taxes.

CS1 HB867 City of Clearwater, Pinellas County.

CS2 HB887 Business and Professional Regulation.

CS3 HB943 Background Screening.

CS2 HB947 Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device During Commission of an Offense.

CS3 HB1001 Timeshares.

CS2 HB1011 Warranty Associations.

CS2 HB1097 Sexually Violent Predators.

CS3 HB1163 Adoption.

CS1 HB1255 Acme Improvement District and Lake Worth Drainage District, Palm Beach County.

HB1297 City of Dania Beach, Broward County.

CS1 HB1357 District School Boards.

CS1 HB1481 Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District, Palm Beach County.

CS1 HB1495 Spring Lake Improvement District, Highlands County.

HB4003 Growth Policy.

HB4027 Community-Based Development Organizations.

HB4061 Uniform Home Grading Scale.

HB4139 Repeal of Health Insurance Provisions.

CS1 HB7025 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

CS1 HB7027 Unemployment Compensation.

CS1 HB7039 Transportation Facility Designations.

CS1 HB7041 Governmental Reorganization.

HB7049 Human Trafficking.

HB7075 Military Installations.

HB7125 Exemptions from Local Business Taxes.

Reach Jim Turner at or at (772) 215-9889.

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