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Changes Made in Spanking Bill

A California Assemblywoman has dropped a ban on spanking from a controversial bill. Democrat Sally Lieber made national headlines with the proposal, but now the measure’s had a major make-over. From

Changes Made in Spanking Bill

A California Assemblywoman has dropped a ban on spanking from a controversial bill. Democrat Sally Lieber made national headlines with the proposal, but now the measure’s had a major make-over. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

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The no-spanking bill was ridiculed by talk show hosts nationwide – even Saturday Night Live did a spoof. But Assemblywoman Lieber says that’s not what prompted the change. She says the votes just aren’t there to pass it.

<b> Lieber:&nbsp; </b> I’m very disappointed. I think it’s a moral failing in out state to have it enshrined in our law that we allow children to be punished to the point of injury.”

Though the bill doesn’t forbid spanking – it does ban the use of certain implements such as a belt, stick, or rod on children under 18. It also bans vigorous shaking of a child under three, and throwing, kicking or burning a child.  Randy Thomasson with the Campaign for Children and Families says the bill still goes too far.

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<b> Thomasson: </b> They’re calling my mother an abuser cause she used a stick. This bill is offense to many parents who know they have to show a child both soft love and tough love when necessary.

The bill also allows judges to require violators to take parenting courses.  In Sacramento, I’m Marianne Russ.