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Senate Judiciary Committee Passes HB 427, Prohibiting Corporal Punishment of Children in State

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

CONCORD - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Ought to Pass on HB 427, a bill that would require state agencies to provide in their policies and procedures related to children that all forms of corporal punishment are prohibited.

Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) and Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) issued the following statements in response:

“Children placed in state care are often the most vulnerable and in need of the most help,” stated Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton). “I am extremely grateful to the bill sponsors for bringing forward this important, common-sense legislation to protect our children. I am glad that my fellow committee members finally agreed that this bill was necessary considering the ample research showing the harmful impacts of corporal punishment on children.”

Senator Tom Sherman (D-Rye) added, “One of the most important lessons my mother, who worked as an early childhood therapist, ever taught me was that the most impactful way to guide a child’s behavioral development was through trust and understanding between adults and children. I am proud to cast my vote in support of this legislation that will help New Hampshire better serve our most vulnerable children.”



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