Currently, Kansas state law allows parents, teachers, and caregivers to spank children as long as you don't leave a mark. But state Rep. Gail Finney doesn't think that's strict enough, and has proposed a law that would allow children to be spanked up to 10 times, potentially leaving bruises, according to The Wichita Eagle. “What’s happening is there are some children that are very defiant and they’re not minding their parents, they’re not minding school personnel,” Finney said.
And in case this sounds a lot like legalized child abuse, it's about parental rights, as in, protecting a parent's right to beat their child and not go to prison. The goal of the law is to define corporal punishment, which is already legal in the state, so adults can discipline children without fear. The bill clearly outlines that using fists, belts, or hitting anywhere other than the butt is illegal.
The thinking is that plain old spanking should be fair game. Apparently children are being taken by the state Department of Children and Families for "abusive" spankings that weren't even that serious. “It could be a small amount of a bruise (and) a parent could still be charged with child abuse when it wasn’t anything serious,” Finney explained.