You may be surprised to learn that in Kansas, and about 20 other states, teachers and caregivers are allowed to spank children as long as they don't leave a mark. But under a new proposal, that limitation would be lifted, allowing spanking hard enough to leave redness or a bruise as long as parents give permission.


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State Rep. Gail Finney (D) argues that her bill is meant to restore parents' rights by allowing each family to choose what form of discipline they prefer. She points out that it would prevent caregivers from being charged for spanking that goes too far. It also outlines what forms of punishment are off limits.

Here's more from KCTV in St. Louis:

McPherson Deputy County Attorney Britt Colle introduced the idea to Finney.

The proposed bill suggests lightening the spanking laws, allowing parents or anyone given permission by a parent, to spank hard enough to leave redness or bruising.

“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. By defining what is legal, it also defines what is not.”

Colle said the bill makes it clear that hitting a child with fists, hitting a child in the head or body, or hitting a child with a belt or switch is not legal discipline and may be considered battery or abuse.


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It's unclear if the bill will be taken up by the legislature. The proposal has its detractors, who argue that spanking in general is archaic and not an effective way of punishing a child.

The Fox and Friends hosts weighed in this morning, and asked for your input on their Facebook page. Let them know what you think about the proposed legislation!

Defense attorney Jonna Spilbor and former prosecutor Arthur Aidala joined Gretchen Carlson this afternoon to discuss the proposed law.

“There would be lawsuits galore. If I had a kid that came home with any sort of mark from somebody [who isn’t] me, they’re getting sued,” Spilbor said.

Aidala said children really suffer these days when adults take their electronics away.

Watch the debate below.