Second lawmaker plans to file ‘Caylee's Law'
Sen. Greg Treat on Thursday became the second legislator in as many days to announce plans to sponsor legislation that would make it a felony for adults not to report a child who is missing or dead. Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said his legislation would require parents or guardians to quickly notify authorities of a child's death or disappearance. Casey Anthony was sentenced Thursday in Florida to four years in prison for lying to investigators about the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, who was missing for 31 days in 2008 before her grandmother notified police. Anthony was acquitted earlier of murder and child abuse charges. Treat said he is looking at state statutes and conducting research to determine an appropriate time limit for notifying authorities in the event of a child's death or disappearance. He said he plans to file “Caylee's Law” for the 2012 session, which begins in February. He said the lengthy delay in the reporting of Caylee Anthony's disappearance “provoked well-deserved outrage.” Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, said Wednesday he would file similar legislation. No Oklahoma statutes address the issue, he said.
Lawmaker seeks to protect teachers' pay
Rep. Mike Brown said Thursday he has filed a measure that would ensure National Board Certified teachers receive their bonuses. Brown, D-Tahlequah, said he has filed House Bill 2186, which would establish a dedicated revenue source to pay for the teacher bonuses. He didn't identify where the money would come from. His idea is for the money to be allocated from general revenue funds before lawmakers start work on the state budget. The money would be transferred to a revolving fund and distributed by the state Board of Education to eligible teachers. Brown said state law requires teachers who attain certification to be paid an annual $5,000 bonus for as long as they maintain their certification and teach full time in a public school. The Board of Education last month approved a budget that didn't include the bonuses.