Tuesday, January 30, 2007

If this law goes through, I'm movin' (Sorry mom!)

Proverbs 12:1 1. Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

I just read this article on a new law my "lovely" state would like to pass. Seriously, if it passes. I want out of here. I was spanked as a child (although not very often because I *was* perfect) and it has never damaged me emotionally and I harbor no hard feelings towards my parents. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe there is a difference between beating and spanking. Once I have a child, if they need to be spanked, by golly, there will be a spanking!

California lawmaker proposes no-spanking law (Yahoo News)

Fri Jan 19, 3:20 PM ET

A California lawmaker says she has proposed a law that would make spanking a small child a crime to be punished by jail time or a fine.

The bill, backed by Democrat Sally Lieber of San Francisco, a member of the state legislature, would outlaw spanking children three years old or younger and carry a possible penalty of jail time or a 1,000-dollar fine.

"I think it's pretty hard to argue you need to beat a child three years old or younger," said Lieber, who plans to introduce the bill next week.

The bill, which was still being drafted, would make the crime a misdemeanor and be written to ban "any striking of a child, any corporal punishment, smacking, hitting, punching, any of that," Lieber said.

The bill will likely pit those who advocate protecting children at all costs against lawmakers wary of government intervention creating a possible meddlesome "nanny state."

"Where do you stop?" said Republican Chuck Devore. "At what point are we going to say we should pass a bill that every parent has to read a minimum of 30 minutes every night to their child? This is right along those same lines."

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has the authority to veto the bill if it is adopted, has so far avoided endorsing or rejecting the idea.

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, which first reported the proposal this week, the film-star-turned-politician said he was "smacked about everything" during his childhood in Austria.

"That was the way Austria worked," he told the newspaper. "You know, I think it maybe had something to do with after the war. People were maybe more angry and more frustrated, you know, having lost the war or whatever else."

The governor said he understood the desire to "get rid of the physical, the brutal behavior that some parents have."

And he added that he and his wife, Maria Shriver, have never hit their four children. "Absolutely not," he said.


Chuck DeVore said...

Thanks for your comments. I hope we can stop this bill.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District

sandilynn said...

I also think this law is ridiculous. Child abuse is indeed wrong, but there is a difference between a swat on the behind and beating your child. Children do not see immediate rewards for their behavior...or immediate consequences for bad behavior. Sometimes a child knowing they'll receieve a swat on the behind is the only thing that keeps them from misbehaving.

The Ramblin' Rat said...

I completely agree Shandilynn. It's amazing that the government now wants to control how we dicipline OUR children. Behold, the wussification of America.

Nanny Y. said...

The threat of this is so scary I can hardly stand it! As a nanny I never spank children I work with because it is not my place to do so but I am not against its rational use by loving parents. It scares me that the government so mishandles children that are genuinely abused througha broken foster care system but thinks it can handle an influx children that suffer no more than a swat on the bottom! Oh please!