Fla. laws aimed at protecting kids go into effect
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

handcuffed.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Two new Florida laws aimed at protecting children have gone into effect.

Legislation stemming from a sexual abuse cover-up at Penn State University and the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Orlando are among about 30 new Florida statutes effective Monday.

Public or private colleges and universities could be fined up to $1 million for knowingly failing to report child abuse under a wide-ranging child protection law.

It requires any individual suspecting a child has been abused to report it to the Florida Abuse Hotline _ 1-800-962-2873 _ or 911 if there's an immediate danger.

Another new law will increase the maximum penalty for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child, such as Caylee, from a year in jail to five years in prison.

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