Rep. Steele is in the news for suggesting legislation in the wake of the Casey Anthony trial.
Republican Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford said current law requires people who discover a dead body to report it within three hours or face a misdemeanor charge that can land them a year in jail and a fine up to $5,000.
Steele wants lawmakers in the 2012 session to determine whether felony charges are appropriate.
When your only tool is a hammer, the whole world looks like nails. That’s why I think legislators sometimes seem to think legislation is the appropriate response to isolated incidents that may grab headlines but aren’t necessarily a problem affecting the general population in any significant way. Or, as a buddy of mine put it, “today’s headline is tomorrow’s legislation.”