Protecting teachers who use spanking to discipline their students is a major provision in the first education bill the House will take up Tuesday.
Rep. Maynard Wallace is the sponsor of HB 96.
It passed out of committee 13-0.
Supporters say that these measures will make it possible for school employees to focus on teaching without worrying about litigation. But Rep. Sara Lampe said there may be a move to add an amendment to not allow spanking or any type of corporal punishment.
That could spark a battle over "local control."
The bill "expands the reporting of acts of violence to all teachers."
And Also: "expands employee imunity from correctly following discipline policies, to following all policies."
In October 2007, the Texas County prosecutor said he could not charge a teacher for bruising an 11-year-old because current state law says spanking is not abuse.