Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson wants to change Anchorage law to make it much easier for the city prosecute parents whom government officials believe have caused or permitted a child to be physically injured.

Anchorage Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson

On June 8, the Anchorage Assembly will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance. If passed, it would remove a number of defenses available to parents who are accused of physical abuse in disciplining their children.  In particular the ordinance removes language that acknowledges the rights of parents to use “reasonable parental discipline” for the purpose of “safeguarding the child or promoting the child’s moral, social, or cultural welfare.”

Quinn-Davidson’s ordinance removes all mention of specific acts that are prima facie unreasonable, such as scalding, branding or burning” and opens the door for juries to decide whether any action is unreasonable or excessive and therefore abusive.

This could open the door for juries to find parents guilty of abuse for using traditional forms of discipline such as spankings.

This could open the door for juries to find parents guilty of abuse for using traditional forms of discipline such as spankings or hand-slapping, which have been commonly practiced across multiple generations.

In a memo defending her ordinance, Quinn-Davidson argued that jurors should not be limited by the language of the law in determining whether they believe parental disciplinary acts are unreasonable.

Quinn-Davidson’s memo notes that allowing parents to cite “reasonable parental discipline” as a defense against child abuse “leads to confusion for jurors as they attempt to determine whether an act was ‘reasonable parental discipline.’”

Alaska State law provides a defense for parental discipline when exercised for the benefit of the child. By removing any mention of this in city code, however, Quinn-Davidson’s proposed ordinance could create a chilling effect on Anchorage parents’ willingness to use corporal discipline.

Two other sections of the ordinance deal with harassment and criminal mischief. In both instances, Quinn-Davidson’s proposes changes that would lower the threshold for juries to find a person guilty.

In the case of harassment, the ordinance would change the level of intent from “intent to harass or annoy” to “reckless disregard for any harassing or annoying effect.” In essence, one could be found guilty of harassment if their actions were interpreted as such by another, even if the accused had no intention of harassing someone.

Similarly, in dealing with criminal mischief, Quinn-Davidson wants to remove language that requires prosecutors to show that a person had the intent of committing criminal mischief. If passed, jurors would not be able to consider a person’s intention, but only whether some sort of damage was committed regardless of a person’s motive.


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Anchorage ordinance would restrict parent’s rights to discipline children

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    Whoop them kids ASSES just like my dad did when we were kids. Didn’t hurt us one bit. Tell them Communist assholes to take a hike. Or you will use them for WOLF BAIT!!!

  • Ekim Kcidrub says:

    Spare the rod and spoil the child. You Damn liberals will do what ever you can to Distroy the natural family unit as God put on this earth. You have a large number of undisciplined children running around the United States now burning and destroying property plus stealing. When you take all the rights away from parents you will end up with way worse than you already have.
    We don’t want Alaska looking like Portland or Detroit!!

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Are you kidding me? All us older people had a trip to the woodshed and are still here to tell about it. This 1,2,3 b.s. didn’t work! Parents need to swat the kids on the butt when they get out of line. It’s not the governments job to raise kids its the parents job. Now with this being said if the parent goes to far that’s another story. The acting not elected mayor needs to do Anchorage business and leave child rearing to the parents. All these mass murders and shooting are being done by the no disapline no respect 1,2,3, timeout generation.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    The city has no right to tell you anything. That’s your house and those are your children.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    What is Quinn even still doing in the mayor seat. Didn’t you guys just elect a new mayor? This policy will get reversed. Watch

    • Dee Cee says:

      Swearing in will be July 1. Its not a policy, its an ordinance change. So it won’t reverse easily

      • Michael S Totten says:

        An unconstitutional ordinance. You guys better stand up for your god given rights. I swear to god if anchorage residents don’t revolt I’m done supporting alaska. I dare the bootlickers to try to come to my house and enforce their tyranny on my watch. I have a large swampy marsh out back

      • Efrog Industries says:

        Anchorage has been lost to the libtards all conservatives move out now and watch it become a s*******

  • Ralph says:

    I was spanked all through my childhood and am NOTHING BUT THANKFUL FOR IT =]
    I would have wound up some unrespectful, manipulative, thief.. like we see in schools these days withy their (CRT) B.S.
    I was spanked for the right things and was grounded for others.. the state and the career swamp monsters can eat dung.
    I remember hearing something about children ratting on their parents in Germany during a certain atrocity..

  • Eric Thomas says:

    If you don’t know the difference between discipline and punishment, you should go to jail. If you beat your kids, you have failed as a parent. End of discussion.

    • Michael S Totten says:

      If you don’t know the difference between being a sovereign citizen in your own home and willfully giving known Marxists control over every aspect of your life then you have failed as an AMERICAN. end of discussion. You may as well surrender yourself your house your ownership of land. Just hand your entire estate over to them and go live in the ghetto that they built for you. And when you have nothing and you are starving and have no job or money and no way to survive. Make sure that you volunteer to be first to get on that military truck and go to that FEMA camp. Because that is exactly where this is all headed if you idiots don’t wake up. They want it ALL!

  • Fire says:

    Eric Thomas, you needed a bunch of beatings. Maybe you wouldn’t have turned into mentally diseased child rapist.

  • Shifra says:

    My parents never hit me and I never laid a hand on my kids. However, I homeschooled them and wherever they went people commented on how respectful, polite, and cooperative they were. They are all now hard-working productive (and conservative!) adults. I know lots of people who spanked and are also great parents, others who spank and produced rotten criminal kids. And every kid who isn’t spanked is not necessarily a spoiled brat. Discipline is essential, true, but there’s so so much more to parenting! Do you have high standards for their behavior? Do you model respect and morality and teach it to your children? Do you spend lots of time with them in productive activities, teach them to do good and punish consistently when they mess up? Let them know they are loved? To spank or not to spank is a personal parenting choice. You can’t legislate good parenting. Prosecute real child abuse and otherwise get the government out of our homes and lives!

    • Heidi says:


    • Linda says:

      Shifra: I agree with your comments and feel that if you respectfully discipline your child, they will grow into adulthood with a healthy love of themselves and others. Shaming a child only creates deep, long lasting
      internal trauma issues, whether that be physical pain or emotional humiliation, that causes many adulthood problems. I can see the results of the respectful discipline approach happening with my grandson and am so thrilled that his parents are conscious people who treat him as they wish to be treated. It’s a real blessing.

      • Michael S Totten says:

        Go back to your parenting with love and limits counselors. Your kids are going to grow into adults with thin skin if that’s your strategy. Scared of their own shadow. You suck as a parent

  • Fire says:

    Some kids need physical correction, some don’t. My brother needed almost none. Myself, even as a girl, needed a firm hand. I thank God that I got it. And kids know when they deserve it and when they don’t.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Every child is different. Spanking is not the same as ‘beating’ and I pray most commenting here know the difference. I myself received numerous spankings as a child and my dad jokingly blames his arthritis in his hands on my bony bum . I earned those spankings though as I was a really stubborn and obstinate child …. hence there were too many spankings to count. Still, the last spanking was probably around age 8- 9. My sister was rarely spanked that I recall. Fast forward to our own kids and our eldest had one good spanking, yes only one, and that was it. She is now a successful, responsible and lovely adult, despite only one spanking. The other child received a few, but still never like what I received!

    • John J. Otness says:

      The agenda base liberal communist just love to blur. the lines on discipline.

  • Opus says:

    The marriage license is the jurisdictional basis for government control over the marriage and children. When you ask government for permission to marry (license) you give them control. The children belong to the State. Parents are just trustees.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    You Anchorage folks need to send this Austin Queer-Davidson packing back to whatever liberal paradise she came from. Take back your city before they infect the rest of Alaska. Make sure she should takes Felix the cat and the Comfort boy with her.

  • Jen says:

    Every child requires different forms of discipline. What works best for one child doesn’t always work best for another child. The choice which discipline is appropriate for the parents child depends on the parents discernment and understanding of the child.
    You know! Some children they need to be taken into a room and spanked when they are disobedient and they smirk at you the parent because of their behavior. That kind of behavior is being insolent which not felt with more likely lead that disobedient child straight to junior jail. While another child is terrified when they are spanked when they just need to be sat down and the parent patiently explain their actions and the reminding the correct more desirable behavior. Every child requires different forms of discipline.

    To make discipline work well whichever is best used, parent needs discernment, discretion, and Mature attitude, which there are few adults who have developed those qualities before raising a little God’s child.

  • Jen says:

    Furthermore! while the Assembly is playing parent, Why don’t they just add Yelling using an inappropriate volume to a child as another abuse form for prosecution. I witnessed plenty of liberals parents screaming and humiliating their child at Westchester Lagoon neighborhood. A child being screamed at is very very sad sight!

  • John J. Otness says:

    Quinn Davidson is a communist Soros puppet. What in the hell do we expect? If you hire communist ideologues then that is what you get. They the communist are in the middle of a war for the soul of this Nation and State and the battle plan is Morally and ethically ripping us apart by introducing the perverse to our society. They were so close. The education system is the true machine here and they worked hard… Hmm was not our Gov an educator?
    And did he not say a word as Anchorage fell into an insane abyss of lockdown and death spiral of the independent businesses, But all the huge corporate BLM ANTIFA America hating stores went on to record profits…. We must be prepared for any scenario as we are at war from an enemy within…….. Those that run from communist owned. DOMINION are suspect…. Folks they are saying nothing about DOMINION in Alaska politics . Many never see the bear that eats them. until it is too. late. Maricopa is building the Gallows.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    All these comments are So right on. Kids now days have no Respect for there parents or others
    Wait no spanking are you kidding me. You can’t take away my phone, I’m going to tell on you.
    How STUPID is this. Who’s in charge the parents or the government.
    This Loser, of a fake Mayor has got to go now. Not three weeks from now.
    Who know what else, she will try before they throw her to the streets, wait this loser will still be on the assembly

  • Ederf says:

    This is stupidity by the liberals!!! Where in the world that you will not apply discipline to your children. Parents should apply righteous discipline in order when they grow old they’re not the problem of the community.