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Spanking Your Child; Would You Give School Permission?

Naughty Kansas children beware: A hard spanking in your state could become legal.

A Sunflower State lawmaker has proposed a law that would allow parents, teachers and childcare providers to spank kids hard enough to leave a mark.

Democratic State Rep. Gail Finney, of Wichita, proposed the bill, which would legalize up to 10 hand spankings as well as smacks that could cause redness and bruising. The law would also give parents the right to grant permission to others to spank their own children.

Kansas state Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat, has proposed the controversial new law.

Kansas state Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat, has proposed the controversial new law.

Current Kansas child-protection laws allow spankings that don't leave marks. At least 30 other states have banned corporal punishment altogether.

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The proposed law would continue to ban hitting a child with a fist as well as striking a child in the head or body or with a belt or switch.

Finney, who has three sons and four grandchildren, has said she proposed the tougher laws to restore discipline in families, an idea she first heard from local lawyer Britt Colle.

Kansas state Rep. John Rubin has said his committee might not even hear the proposal.

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Kansas state Rep. John Rubin has said his committee might not even hear the proposal.

"This bill basically defines a spanking along with necessary reasonable physical restraint that goes with discipline, all of which has always been legal," Colle said. "This bill clarifies what parents can and cannot do."

Kansas Rep. John Rubin, who chairs the state committee that would debate the bill first, says he's not certain his group will even consider the proposal.

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