The California Legislature won't be cracking down on spanking after all. Assemblywoman Sally Lieber has abandoned her plans to push for a legislative prohibition on parents spanking their children under age 4. Lieber, D-Mountain View, will introduce a bill Thursday morning that will target the use of physical force on children, but not spanking, an aide said.
IT'S ALWAYS regrettable when a perfectly reasonable point is ridiculed and caricatured because of a politician's clumsy attempt to legislate human judgment with a black-or-white solution. So it goes with the much-lampooned proposal by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, to outlaw the spanking of children age 3 years and younger. Under her measure, a parent who spanked a child could be convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. The absolutist argument promoted by Lieber is that spanking a young child is never appropriate. Many parents, including those of us who philosophically agree with...
A resolution of support for Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's bill to ban spanking, from the Organization of Oafish Parents (OOPS): Whereas Assemblywoman Sally Lieber is a Democrat who represents much of Silicon Valley, and who is only the third woman since 1849 to serve as speaker pro tempore; and Whereas she is in her last term as an Assembly member, unless of course legislators persuade voters to get rid of term limits; and ...Whereas notwithstanding the existence of current laws against child abuse, Lieber has proposed a new state law that would prohibit parents from whacking, smacking, spanking or forcefully impacting...
ASSEMBLYWOMAN Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, has announced that she will introduce a bill this week to make it a crime to spank children who are 3 years old or younger, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. If this zany idea were to become law, California could be the place where the nanny state meets the authoritarian state. It is more than ironic that a politician who wants to make it illegal for parents to apply their flat hands to their babies' bare bottoms is more than happy to allow the heavy hand of the...
(AP) California parents could face jail and a fine for spanking their young children under legislation a state lawmaker has promised to introduce next week. Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber said such a law is needed because spanking victimizes helpless children and breeds violence in society. "I think it's pretty hard to argue you need to beat a child," Lieber said. "Is it OK to whip a 1-year-old or a 6-month-old or a newborn?" Lieber said her proposal would make spanking, hitting and slapping a child under 4 years old a misdemeanor. Adults could face up to a year in jail...
SACRAMENTO - Growing up in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he ``got smacked about everything.'' But when it comes to disciplining his four children, Schwarzenegger said he and his wife ``never'' resort to spanking. As governor, Schwarzenegger on Thursday expressed an open mind to a controversial proposal that would ban parents from spanking a child under the age of 3. He hinted that he has concerns about how the bill could be enforced -- ``Is it that when you see someone spank a kid, you go and say, `Can I see the birth certificate of the kid?' '' But he didn't...
Roused by a recent report that Californians' health is endangered as much from polluted air indoors as outdoors, a state lawmaker said Thursday she will push to give the state Air Resources Board the power to clean up indoor air. Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, said the report, which was produced by air board staff members at the request of the Legislature, was "even more damning than most people thought it would be." Lieber's comments came in an interview Thursday after a hearing on the subject by the Assembly Select Committee on Air and Water Quality, of which she is...
<p>Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-San Jose, on Thursday introduced a resolution urging Congress and the president to adopt a federal bill that would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration.</p>
<p>The Permanent Partners Immigration Act (PPIA), making its way through Congress, seeks to add the phrase ``or permanent partner'' to sections of immigration law that provide immigration rights to legally married couples.</p>
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