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3/13/2007 2:01:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California: AB 755 Joint Legislative Newsflash - March 13, 2007

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE NEWSFLASH UPDATE - March 13, 2007
From: Roy Hanson's Child and Family Protection Association and HSLDA
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Bill: AB 755 - "No-Spanking"
Author: Assembly Member Sally Lieber
Position: Strongly Oppose
Status: In Assembly
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This is an update to our previous, February 1, 2007, Newsflash
regarding Assembly Member Sally Lieber's proposed no-spanking
legislation, which was introduced into the California Legislature on
February 22nd as Assembly Bill AB 755.

AB 755 is more severe than we initially expected. AB 755 would
criminalize innocent parents who lovingly spank their child with an
inanimate object like a paddle or switch.

Some of the organizations with whom we are working to oppose this bill
have already asked for opposition letters and calls. We are very
encouraged by their opposition to AB 755. We are also working behind
the scenes at the Capitol while working on other strategies to stop
this bill. The best time to contact legislators on bills like this is
usually after the bill has been assigned to a policy committee and
then scheduled for a hearing. As of today, no date has been set for
AB 755's first committee hearing. We will keep you informed about
what actions you can take to have the greatest impact at the best
strategic time.

Additionally, we are developing background information that will help
every concerned parent: 1) to understand this bill and its
implications for every family in California and the nation, and 2) to
be able to present the most effective reasons why such a bill should
not be passed by the Legislature.

The author appears to be claiming that the public's earlier very vocal
opposition to her original "no-spanking" idea, doesn't apply to her AB
755. The author claims that her bill is not about "spanking" on the
basis that her bill does not contain the word "spanking." However, AB
755 would, in effect, outlaw spanking with the use of a switch,
paddle, or any other reasonable object that many loving, nonabusive
parents normally use as one of the methods to discipline their
children.

Ms. Lieber has redefined the act of spanking with an implement as
child abuse. The language used in her bill in effect states that any
act of causing pain by using an implement (which includes spanking)
will always automatically be illegal. In contrast, current law allows
for the causing of pain with an implement to be justifiable when the
pain is caused by a reasonable spanking as a means of discipline and
without injury.

AB 755 would traumatize families and children by potentially having a
parent arrested, handcuffed, removed from their home and family, and
jailed for up to one year for using nonabusive spanking to the
buttocks to discipline a defiant or rebellious child.

AB 755 is an incremental step toward the outlawing of all spanking,
which the author has publicly stated is her ultimate goal.

If you want to take some action now, you can call:
Assembly Member Fabian Nunez (Speaker of the Assembly) (916) 319-2046
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (916) 445-2841

If you do call and are asked for your name and phone number, please
consider providing them so that your call against the proposal will be
tallied. The practice of gathering this kind of information is often
used to gain an idea of the extent of support and opposition. Again,
the most effective timing for calls and letters will be after a bill
has been assigned to a policy committee.

AB 755 affects all parents in California. Any contact you make
regarding this issue should be as a California citizen or as a
concerned parent.

We will be issuing an Action Alert on AB 755 within the next few
weeks. As currently written, the bill will be heard some time between
March 27th and April 24th, unless there is a rule waiver. We are
monitoring this bill daily, as we do with all legislation.

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Permission given to reprint or forward this Newsflash unaltered to
your friends, church, school, and group.
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Roy Hanson's HELP Tree
Child and Family Protection Association
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Fax: (916) 415-9470

HELP Tree Director
P.O. Box 100
Somerset, CA 95684-0100
Fax: (530) 622-4717

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The purpose of this communication is to present information and
express our position on the issues addressed. We encourage you to
research this for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
Regardless of your position, we strongly urge you to exercise your
constitutional right to express your position to your elected
representatives. We have included an example of how we have expressed
our position.
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DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for the accuracy of copies printed,
forwarded, or sent by any party other than directly from Child and
Family Protection Association.
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