Stronger Spanking Bill Suffers Knockout Blow

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) -- A Democratic proposal to allow parents, teachers, and caregivers to spank their kids hard enough to leave marks suffered a near-fatal blow.

On Tuesday, State Representative John Rubin (R-Shawnee), who chairs the Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight, told 13News he will not schedule the bill, HR2699.

Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn't leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says he 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 says she wants to restore parental rights, and improve discipline.