Rep. Henderson says 'Cooper's Law' to come back again, 'Caylee's Law' up on Wednesday

02/07/2012 09:19 AM

A bill addressing an ongoing controversy between a Lexington neighborhood association and the parents of a boy with cerebral palsy will get a second chance in a House committee Wednesday, said the bill’s sponsor.

Rep. Richard Henderson, a Democrat from Montgomery County, is pushing the bill named for Cooper Veloudis, a Lexington two-year-old who was swept up in controversy when the Andover Forest Home Owners Association in which he lives ordered the removal of Cooper’s playhouse.

The association said the playhouse violated terms of its residency agreements. But Cooper’s parents insist the structure is therapeutic for Cooper.

Henderson’s bill, which he discussed in the first part of the interview on Pure Politics Monday, would exempt therapeutic structures from deed restrictions imposed by home owners associations in the state to make sure they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This is a statewide issue because it involves bringing uniformity to 1,700 home owners associations when dealing with one particular issue — children with disabilities and special needs,” Henderson said (1:40).

The bill failed to pass the House Local Government Committee last week, but Henderson said he has lined up enough votes to pass it to the House floor and expects it to come up for a vote Wednesday. Find how he lined up those votes at 2:00 of the video.

Henderson also has sponsored a bill inspired by the Casey Anthony trial in Florida. The legislation would make it a felony for a parent to knowingly fail to report to authorities within 12 hours if their child, who is under 12, goes missing.

Henderson talks about changes he made to the bill, responds to skeptics’ concerns, and explains how he expects that to come up before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday (3:00 – 7:30).

Henderson also addresses the redistricting controversies that has marked the 2012 General Assembly (8:00) and the forthcoming expanded gambling amendment (10:00 of the video).

Henderson represents the 74th District, which has covered Montgomery, Powell and part of Wolfe counties. The newly-proposed district under the House redistricting map would cover Montgomery, Powell and Menifee counties.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated which day “Caylee’s Law” was going to be discussed in the House Judiciary Committee.


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