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AZ bill would require reporting of missing kids

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Arizona lawmakers want to have the state join more than a dozen others in considering so-called "Caylee's Law' legislation inspired by the Casey Anthony case in Florida.

Republican Rep. Michael Ugenti of Scottsdale has pre-filed a bill for the 2012 regular session. It would make it a felony punishable by a presumptive sentence of 1 1/2 years or a parent to fail to report that a child under age six has been missing for 24 hours.

"This bill is a reasonable and enforceable way to protect young children and hold accountable those parents and adults who fail to live up to their responsibilities," Ugenti said.

Casey Anthony didn't report 2-year-old Caylee Anthony missing for about a month. The mother was acquitted of murder in the daughter's death.

Ugenti says police need to begin searching quickly and that parents must be held responsible for their children.

Maricopa County prosecutors helped draft the bill co-sponsored by a half-dozen other legislators.

Copyright 2011 KPHO. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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