Kansas lawmaker wants to give teachers the power to spank children

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Caregivers and teachers in Kansas could soon have more power to spank children.

Lawmakers in Kansas are considering a bill that would lighten the spanking laws, which would allow parents or anyone given permission by a parent to spank hard enough to leave redness or bruising.

Supporters of the measure say kids are losing respect for authority and that parents need to be able to discipline without fear.

The bill would allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and smacks, but strikes with a fist or belt would be considered battery or abuse.

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