AUGUSTA — The case of Caylee Anthony, the 2-year-old whose 2008 disappearance in Florida drew national attention, has sparked legislation in Maine to be considered next year.

Legislative leaders on Monday voted to admit a bill that would make failure to report a missing child within 24 hours a felony. The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Anna Blodgett, says she received at least 50 e-mails from her Augusta constituents asking her to put the bill in.

Last July’s acquittal of Calyee’s mother, Casey Anthony, shocked and enraged many people around the country. Casey Anthony did not report her daughter’s disappearance for a month and was arrested after lying to police about the case.

Legislative Council considered nearly 300 requests to submit bills on a range of issues, but fewer than half were allowed in.


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