Fox News reports that in Kansas there is a bill proposing allowing spanking in schools. Supporters claim that it would help children learn to respect authority. This bill would allow parents, and those to whom they give permission, to leave redness and bruising.
The Wichita Eagle has more information about the spanking bill. Apparently they are trying to define the difference between corporal punishment and abuse and protect parents from legal retribution when they hit a child under those guidelines. This is generating a lot of controversy, I will keep my eyes on it.
Stopspanking.org analyses this issue here and reports that the bill is considered highly unlikely to pass.