Calif. Lawmakers: Cut the Foul Language, Please

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California lawmakers are trying to "clear the air" of cursing.

"I've always wondered why we behave differently when grandma is watching than when we're on our own," said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino a Democrat from La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

Last Thursday's resolution was inspired by Pasadena teenager McKay Hatch. The teen started a club to cut-out swearing at his middle school. Now the 16-year-old is taking his cause to the state assembly.

"This club is more than just about cussing," Hatch said. "It's about teaching kids and adults the importance of using positive and uplifting language.

Should the new legislation be passed, California would designate the first week in March as its first "No-Cuss" week.

Portantino says the bill, which would include no enforcement, is intended to encourage harmony and connectedness.

"The No Cussing Club motto is very simple and something very powerful. Leave people better than you find them," the lawmaker said.

"We've received many letters saying this club is a waste of time," Hatch said. "However, we've received other letters at our Web site letting us know what a positive impact this message has had for people around the world."

The teenager said he knows this will not clean all of the bad language. Still, he says it's a start.

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