Colorado legislators are reportedly receiving hundreds of emails calling for the implementation of the proposed "Caylee's Law" that has already gone viral on the activist site Change.org.
The petition calls for a new law that would make it a felony to wait more than 24 hours to report a missing child, and a felony not to report the death of a child within one hour.
"At first it was tens of them, then hundreds, identically-worded emails all asking for a 'Caylee's Law'. People are very, very upset about what happened in Florida, and very anxious that such a thing never happen in Colorado," Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Denver, told KDVR.
Danielle Friedericksen of Colorado Springs began the petition directed at Colorado lawmakers on Change.org, and has received 222 signatures since it began circulating on July 9. The original Change.org petition was started by Michelle Crowder of Oklahoma. It has grown to more than one million as of today and is already the site's most successful campaign in history.
Huffington Post reporter Radley Balko argues that enacting "Caylee's Law" may be a bad idea, citing Crowder's own admission in a CNN interview that she had not consulted lawmakers or law enforcement officers before drafting the proposal.
"The proposal seems like a knee-jerk overreaction to a very sad situation," Denver attorney Dan Recht told KDVR. He added, "imagine the things that happen in a family within the hour of a child's accidental death. And to make it a felony if they fail to call the authorities within the first hour is crazy."
At least 16 states--including Florida--have proposed some version of a "Caylee's Law" since the verdict one week ago today, according to the Associated Press.
In the month following Caylee's disappearance, her mother Casey Anthony spent her time partying and shopping. Caylee's remains went undetected for six months and Casey was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators.