Drug traffickers in Delaware, which outlawed public floggings less than 30 years ago, could be stripped to the waist and given 40 lashes if legislation introduced in the state Senate becomes law.

The bill unveiled Thursday requires the whipping post in addition to jail time for anyone convicted of dealing hard drugs or involving children in the drug world."I think the drug problem is serious enough to warrant that kind of punishment," said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Sharp, the bill's sponsor. "I'm willing to take the barbs and criticisms, but we're going to debate it."