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OF THE FLAG
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman MICHAEL A. FEIGHAN, Ohio
WILLIAM M. MCCULLOCH, Ohio
RICHARD H, POFF, Virginia
WILLIAM T. CAHILL, New Jersey
CHARLES MCC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland WILLIAM M. TUCK, Virginia
EDWARD HUTCHINSON, Michigan
HENRY P. SMITH III, New York
CHARLES W. SANDMAN, JR., New Jersey WILLIAM L. ST. ONGE, Connecticut TOM RAILSBACK, Illinois DON EDWARDS, California
EDWARD G. BIESTER, JR., Pennsylvania WILLIAM L. HUNGATE, Missouri
CHARLES E. WIGGINS, California
BESS E. DICK, Staff Director
GARNER J. CLINE, Counsel
HERBERT FUCHS, Counsel
BENJAMIN L. ZELENKO, Counsel
DONALD G. BENN, A880ciate Counsel
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 4
BYRON G. ROGERS, Colorado, Chairman
CHARLES E. WIGGINS, California
RICHARD H. POFF, Virginia
Texts of bills.
Meskill, Hon. Thomas J., U.S. Representative from Connecticut --- 107
Murphy, Hon. John M., U.S. Representative from New York. -- 123
Anderson, A. Leo, AMVETS national commander..--
Berry, Hon. E. Y., U.S. Representative from South Dakota.
Delaney, Hon. James J., U.S. Representative from New York..--
Women's Clubs, Washington, D.C.---,
Fulton, Hon. James G., U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.-. 295
Nolan, Robert W., national executive secretary, Fleet Reserve Asso-
Reid, Hon. Charlotte T., U.S. Representative from Illinois.-.-
H.R. 271, AND SIMILAR BILLS, TO PROHIBIT
DESECRATION OF THE FLAG
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1967
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 4 OF THE
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a.m., in room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Byron G. Rogers (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Rogers, Whitener, Jacobs, McClory, and Poff.
Present also: Benjamin L. Zelenko, counsel, and Donald G. Benn, associate counsel.
Mr. ROGERS. The hearing will come to order. . - Today, Subcommittee No. 4 of the Committee on the Judiciary begins hearings on measures designed to make the desecration of the flag a Federal crime. • Over 60 proposals are now pending before this subcommittee which would make it a Federal offense to publicly mutilate, deface, defile, Jefy, trample upon or cast contempt upon, either by word' or act, the ng of the United States. '
The bills before us differ primarily with respect to the severity of the criminal penalties they would impose. The greatest number of identical bills impose a fine of $1,000 and” imprisonment for 1 year.
Other measures provide for maximum penalties of five years' imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine. Still other bills provide lower penalties. . The committee desires to proceed in its hearings with appropriate expedition and due deliberation. It will receive testimony from congressional sponsors of the legislation and from organizations who have indicated an interest in a proposed Federal criminal statute.. * Without objection, the text of the measures dealing with the subject will be included in the record at this point,'.. (The documents referred to follow :).. ;
[H.R. 271, 90th Cong., first sess.)
A BILL To prohibit desecration of the flag Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) section 3 of title 4, United States Code, is amended by designating the first sentence thereof as subsection (a) and the second sentence thereof as subsection (c), and by inserting after sub'section (a) the following: