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PROPOSED FEDERAL MOTION PICTURE COMMISSION

HEARINGS

BEFORE

THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SIXTY-NINTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 4094 and H. R. 6233

BILLS TO CREATE A COMMISSION TO BE KNOWN AS THE FEDERAL MOTION PICTURE COMMISSION, AND

DEFINING ITS POWERS AND DUTIES

APRIL 14, 15, 16, 17, 27, AND MAY 4, 1926

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1926

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COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

DANIEL A. REED, New York, Chairman
JOHN M. ROBSION, Kentucky.

B. G. LOWREY, Mississippi.
WILLIAM P. HOLADAY, Illinois.

WILLIAM W. HASTINGS, Oklahoma.
GEORGE A. WELSH, Pennsylvania.

LORING M. BLACK, JR., New York. ROBERT L. BACON, New York.

MILLARD E. TYDINGS, Maryland. E. HART FENN, Connecticut.

WILLIAM L. NELSON, Missouri. FLETCHER HALE, New Hampshire.

JOHN J. DOUGLASS, Massachusetts.
FLORENCE P. KAHN, California.

BROOKS FLETCHER, Ohio.
CARL H. WILLINGHAM, Clerk

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PROPOSED FEDERAL MOTION PICTURE COMMISSION

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION,

Wednesday, April 14, 1926. The committee met at 10 o'clock a. m., Hon. John M. Robsion, acting chairman, presiding.

Mr. ROBSION. The committee will come to order. Gentlemen of the committee, I regret to have to announce that our chairman, Mr. Reed, can not be present with us to-day. He is unavoidably detained at his home in New York. He has requested me to preside over the hearing this morning.

These hearings will be directed to the bills H. R. 4094, introduced by Mr. Swoope, of Pennsylvania, and H. R. 6233, introduced by Mr. Upshaw, of Georgia. Of course the committee will want information, and I would like for the witnesses, so far as I am personally concerned, to devote their attention, in a concise manner, to the need of legislation along this line and the remedy proposed, if there is any such need. I believe the understanding is that we will hear the authors of these bills first, and I will call upon Mr. Swoope, who introduced the bill H. R. 4094.

(The bills referred to are as follows:)

[H, R. 4094, Sixty-ninth Congress, first session]

A BILL To create a commission to be known as the Federal motion picture commission,

and defining its powers and duties

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this act may be cited as the motion picture regulation act of 1926.

SEC. 2. When used in this act the term person includes an individual, partnership, corporation, and association; the term "interstate and foreign commerce means commerce between any State, Territory, or possession, or the District of Columbia, and any place outside thereof, between points within the same State, Territory, or possession, or within the District of Columbia, but through any place outside thereof, or within any Territory or possession or within the District of Columbia; the term commission means the Federal Motion Picture Commission; the term film means what is usually known as a motion-picture film; the word “ view” used in this act means what. is usually known as a steropticon view or slide.

SEC. 3. A commission is hereby created and established, to be known as the Federal motion picture commission, which shall be composed of five commissioners, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of the commission shall be designated by the President as chairman.

The commissioners first appointed under this act shall continue in office, two for terms of two years, two for terms of four years, and one for a term of six years, respectively, the term of each to be designated by the President, but their successors shall be appointed for terms of six years, except that any person chosen to fill a vacancy shall be appointed only for the unexpired term of the commissioner whom he shall succeed. Said commissioners shall not engage in other business, vocation, or employment. No vacancy in the commission shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise the powers of the commission.

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