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Published April 05, 2013, 11:24 AM

ND passes version of Florida's 'Caylee's Law'

North Dakota is the latest state to pass its own version of Florida's Caylee's Law. The House voted unanimously Thursday to endorse a bill requiring that caretakers meet deadlines in reporting children missing or dead.

BISMARCK — North Dakota is the latest state to pass its own version of Florida's Caylee's Law.

The House voted unanimously Thursday to endorse a bill requiring that caretakers meet deadlines in reporting children missing or dead. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. It requires caretakers to report a child missing within 24 hours of a disappearance and to report a death within two hours.

Florida's Caylee's Law was passed following the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, who was not reported missing until 31 days after vanishing in 2008. At least 11 states, including South Dakota, have enacted similar laws.

Sen. Tyler Axness, a Fargo Democrat and the bill's main sponsor, says law enforcement must be notified "while there is still time to act."

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