HB1250 (2020) Detail

Prohibiting corporal punishment of children in state agency programs.


HB 1250 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2532

05/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1250

 

AN ACT prohibiting corporal punishment of children in state agency programs.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Coursin, Rock. 1; Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21; Rep. Grote, Rock. 24; Rep. Snow, Hills. 19; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires state agencies to provide in their policies and procedures related to children that all forms of corporal punishment are prohibited.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2532

05/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT prohibiting corporal punishment of children in state agency programs.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Statement of Findings.  The general court makes the following findings:

I.  The state of New Hampshire has a responsibility for the well-being of children.

II.  All children require guidance regarding their behavior.

III.  A significant number of children experience corporal punishment in early childhood with common usage into adolescence.

IV.  There is no clear evidence of any benefit from the use of corporal punishment on children.

V.  There is strong evidence that corporal punishment places children at risk for physical injury, poorer mental health, slower cognitive development, impaired relationships with parents, weaker internalization of moral values, antisocial behavior, poorer adult adjustment and tolerance of violence in adulthood.

VI.  The conditions for which children who have experienced corporal punishment are at risk have a significant social cost.

VII.  There exist many age appropriate non-violent methods of controlling children's behaviors which have no associated risk.

VIII.  Prohibitions on physical punishment without criminal sanctions in other countries have significantly reduced the prevalence of its use.

2  New Section; Human Service; Use of Corporal Punishment Prohibited.  Amend RSA 161 by inserting after section 13 the following new section:

161:14  Use of Corporal Punishment Prohibited.  Each state agency shall provide in its policies and procedures related to children that all forms of corporal punishment are prohibited.  In this section, "corporal punishment" means any punishment in which physical force is issued and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, and is exclusive of restraint as defined in RSA 126-U:1, IV or physical force used to protect self or others.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB1250 at GenCourtMobile
HB1250 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 18, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1250 Revision: 6926 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 1 P. 15
Feb. 18, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/18/2020 10:45 am LOB 206 (exec. session may follow public hearing schedule)
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 03:00 pm LOB 206