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Kansas bill would allow spanking that leaves marks

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 18, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.

Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn't leave marks. State Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, said she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising. The bill also would allow parents to give permission to others to spank their children.

It would continue to ban hitting a child with fists, in the head or body, or with a belt or switch.

Finney said she wants to restore parental rights and improve discipline.

KCTV reported that Rep. John Rubin, chairman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, said he isn't sure the committee will consider the bill.

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tenpoint says... February 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

If you spare the rod you spoil the child

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