On Wednesday, March 3rd the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will begin hearings on SB 689, a bill which would ban hitting children with sticks, belts, straps and electrical cords. It would also prohibit burning a child, kicking, shaking, punching with a fist, biting and choking a child. The Coalition to Protect Maryland's Children, a supporter of the bill, says it hopes to remedy a problem caused by Maryland law which allows "reasonable corporal punishment" of children, a term so vague that courts have a hard time interpreting it and children often go unprotected.
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