Queue (queue) wrote,

Massachusetts House Bill No. 3922

Today was apparently when they had the public hearing for this bill. Regardless of whether you think spanking kids is a good idea or a bad idea (or whether it should be the government's business), this bill as written apparently outlaws "humiliating treatment." Bwuh? I understand that there can be extremes, but surely you can't outlaw all "humiliating treatment" (just as the bill doesn't outlaw all physical punishment, as it explicitly allows for little swats to the butt).
(a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall, unless the context indicates otherwise, have the following meanings:

"Child", any person under eighteen years of age.

"Corporal punishment", the willful infliction of physical pain or injurious or humiliating treatment.

(b) It shall be unlawful in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for any adult to inflict corporal punishment upon a child.
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