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6/25/2012 9:46:26 AM
Dewitt T. Black--HSLDA
Delaware--Attend Legislative Meeting on Anti-Spanking Bill

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Delaware -- Attend Legislative Meeting on Anti-Spanking Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Tomorrow, June 26, 2012, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to
hear Senate Bill 234 at 1:30 p.m. in the House Majority Hearing Room
at the Legislative Hall in Dover. We urge you to attend this meeting
and express your opposition to this bill that would make it a crime
for parents to spank their own children.

Senate Bill 234, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Patricia M.
Blevins (District 7), creates a definition of the term "physical
injury" in the child abuse and neglect laws to include "pain."
Currently the law permits a parent to use force to punish a child for
misconduct, but it prohibits any act that is likely to cause or does
cause physical injury. By redefining "physical injury" to include the
infliction of pain on a child, spanking would become a crime in
Delaware punishable by imprisonment for up to two years.

This bill could be fixed by simply deleting the new definition of the
term "physical injury."

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15004 .

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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