Because the nanny state wants to know when kids run away from home, so that the state can find the kids and also investigate the home situation...The state could have kept the law to the requirement to report the death of a child, or any person or that matter, but during my lifetime the state has rarely passed up an opportunity to grab more power
You never miss an opportunity to spread your anti-government propaganda, do you? The "state" had nothing to do with instigating Caylee's Law--quite the opposite--this has been an entirely grassroots movement in which lawmakers are being urged by the public to pass such a law. And the original petition referred only to the reporting of the disappearance of a child and not to the reporting of the death of a child.
As usual, you present a distortion of the facts in order to bolster one of your familiar propaganda pitches.
As Casey Anthony sat in a Florida courtroom Thursday and reacted to the news that she would soon be free after being acquitted in her daughter’s death, a grass-roots effort charged forward to create a series of laws in her daughter’s name. Within two days of Anthony’s acquittal, more than 500,000 people signed an Internet petition for Caylee’s Law, which would make it a felony for guardians to delay in reporting the death or disappearance of a child...
Michelle Crowder of Durant, OK, a mother of two, drafted the petition for Caylee’s Law after sharing with her friends on Facebook her outrage about Anthony’s acquittal. She logged on to the social activism website Change.org and wrote a petition for Caylee's Law. Within hours, thousands of people had signed the petition, and it quickly became the most popular petition ever submitted on Change.org.
My only problem with Caylee's Law, as presented in the original petition, and in some of the subsequent legislative proposals, is that it refers to children who are missing or have disappeared, and it strikes me as highly inappropriate to name such a law after a child who was never "missing"--Caylee Anthony was in her mother's care, and with her mother, until she died. The impetus for this law was the fact that this child's death was never reported to authorities, allowing her body to be illegally disposed of and to remain undiscovered until forensic evidence relating to the death had been lost. In order to fill a gap in existing law, and to honor the memory of this child, I think that any Caylee's Law proposals should make criminal only the failure to immediately report the death of a child.
If you have any sincere interest in this issue, Hawkeye, which I am inclined to doubt, why don't you see if any Caylee's Law proposals are being considered in the state of Washington, where you live. If they are, and you want to see such laws limited only to the mandatory reporting of a child's death, you can contact the state representive who is sponsoring such a bill, as well your own state representatives who will vote on that bill, and your governor, and make your feelings known. If you want no legislation enacted requiring any sort of reporting of the death or disappearance of a child, you can express that opinion. The state does not make "power grabs" behind the public's back--legislation is proposed, openly discussed, and openly voted on. If you want to be part of that process, then make your views known to the people who do the actual voting--your legislators. That's democracy, Hawkeye. So far, no legislation on this matter has been enacted, so this is certainly this time to express your views, directly to the lawmakers.