If the law is named after someone in the news, especially a crime victim, then it is likely a bad law based more in emotion than in reason. In Wisconsin Republican Assemblyman Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) is sponsoring “Caylee’s Law,” and is sending it around to gather so-sponsorships. This is grandstanding, it is Petryk and his fellow Republicans riding a national trend, and it does nothing to address real problems plaguing the state of Wisconsin. From Assemblyman Petryk’s statement:
This is the right move for Wisconsin so that we can hopefully protect our children from harm and hold those responsible for their care or lack thereof. I expect there will be strong bi-partisan support for Caylee’s Law.
As far as I know, there are plenty of laws on the books to protect children, and to have Petryk promote this law when he recently voted to slash education funding for those same children is a joke. But I’m sure legislators will all jump on board, else campaigns against them will feature the image of Caylee, the poor child, and ignore the very real issues of substandard education, homelessness and hunger that are actual problems in this state.
Let me set the record straight. What happened to Caylee Anthony was a tragedy, but it was an isolated tragedy that happened well over a thousand miles from Mr. Petryk’s district and the only reason he wrote the law is so he could demagogue about it. Petryk wouldn’t have even known about Caylee Anthony if the case and trial hadn’t grown shamefully into a full-blown reality show. Basing a law on a reality show is just bad lawmaking.
As it looks from a quick look at google for “Caylee’s Law Wisconsin,” this is bad Republican lawmaking. I suppose they’re trying to soften their image.