An Oakland CA city committee Tuesday slapped down a proposal to set up America’s first official “No Spanking Zone,” voting instead to protect every parent’s right to whack their disobedient children. The Public Safety Committee of the Oakland City Council voted 2-1 against the “no spank” proposal put forward by Jordan Riak, a child welfare advocate who has mounted a one-person campaign against corporal punishment. The proposal, which would have discouraged spanking but would not have carried the force of law, is now likely to go to a vote by the full council in about two weeks. Few political observers give it much chance of passing as written.

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