Spankings, corporal punishment and lickens, call them what you want, some state lawmakers are trying to put an end to physically disciplining children.

"In my generation, certainly I got spanked when I did something wrong but more recent research indicates it doesn't help and you always run the risk of overdoing it," Sen. Karl Rhoads said. 

"This will go against the Christian community, parents will argue this is a parental right issue, government should step out so this is a controversial issue," Rep. John Mizuno said. 

The issue has now made it into a bill introduced this week at the state capitol. Simply put, it would be a ban on spanking aimed at educating parents on "safer and more effective methods for discipline."

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement stating that corporal punishment is ineffective and also traumatizes children.

Lawmakers say they're trying to change the tradition of physical discipline.

"When my kids were little, I did spank them on the butt but it was mainly to tell them not to do what they were doing or to stop what they were doing," Jodean Dela Cruz, a Hilo resident, said. "Now that we have grandchildren and we have more, I feel it's more important to diplomatically try to persuade them in words rather than using physical actions to do it."

Back in 1973, Hawaii became the 3rd state to ban corporal punishment in schools.

If passed, the ban would go into effect in 2023.