The Texas Legislature won't meet again for 18 months, but state Sen. Chris Harris already has a bill in mind.
Harris, R-Arlington, announced plans Friday to file a bill in honor of Caylee Anthony, 2, of Florida, who died in 2008.
A jury ruled this week that Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, is not guilty of murdering her daughter. Among the many aspects of the case that turned the trial into a tabloid and TV obsession was that Caylee had been missing for weeks before her absence was reported to police.
Harris hopes in the next session to pass "Caylee's Law," which would make it a state felony for a parent or legal guardian to fail to report a child missing in a timely manner.
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"This law will discourage behavior like that seen in the case of Casey Anthony," Harris said in a statement. "It is shocking that there is nothing in the Texas law that requires a parent to report a missing child. In a missing persons case, time is essential and every second counts."
The bill would likely be referred to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, whose chairman is Harris. Harris said he plans to use the time before the 2013 session to work out the law's details, including how to define "a timely manner" and whether to apply it only to parents of children under a certain age.
Lawmakers in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and several other states have announced proposals similar to Harris' since the verdict in the Anthony case, according to news reports.
In Florida, an online petition supporting a law had more than 700,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
Harris said Friday that he was unaware of the efforts in other states.
This report includes material from The Associated Press.