Fla. House passes bill inspired by Caylee Anthony's death

Published On: Feb 29 2012 02:52:31 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 29 2012 02:54:58 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A bill inspired by 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's death has been passed by the Florida House.

The bill (HB 37) was unanimously approved Wednesday by a 113-0 vote after clearing every committee with no votes against it.

It would increase the maximum to five years in prison from a year in jail if someone knowingly makes a false statement to police about a missing child.

Caylee's mother — Casey Anthony — was acquitted of murdering Caylee last year in Orlando but she was convicted of lying to investigators.

A companion measure also is moving in the Senate.

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