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"Cuss Free Week" to be launched in California

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 — The California Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution which sets the first week of March as "Cuss Free Week."

The measure was approved on a voice vote and will be considered by the state Senate next week.

The resolution is meant to promote harmony and good manners, said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who co-wrote the measure.

"I remember as a kid, my mother had a 'cussing jar' in our house," Portantino said. "As an adult, I can still use a little reminder from time to time about my word choices. Our goal with this resolution is to get people to realize that words do matter."

Nobody will get busted for using vulgar language, Portantino said.

The resolution was inspired by McKay Hatch, a teenager in South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

Hatch set up a No Cussing Club at his junior high school in 2007, a movement that led to similar clubs in every state and 20 countries.

Hatch traveled to Sacramento, capital of California, with his family to support the resolution.

He urged legislatures in other states to adopt similar resolutions which he said would help get rid of foul-mouthed incivility that links with problem behavior such as drug use and bullying. (PNA/Xinhua)

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