The Commission to Study the Sale and Distribution of "Comic" Books, etc, in Rhode Island was appointed by Governor Dennis J. Roberts to study the publication, sale, distribution or possession of "Comic" Books, Magazines and Publications, with particular reference to the effect upon minors. The Commission was composed of Monsignor Thomas V. Cassidy, Reverend David J. Coffey, Reverend John B. Lyte, Judge Francis J. McCabe, Thomas A Reilly, Rabbi Morris Schussheim, Joseph A. Sullivan, Mrs, Myrtle Walker and Clarence E. Sherman (Chairman).
The Commission to Study the Sale and Distribution of "Comic" Books, etc, in Rhode Island made the recommendation in their 1956 report to the General Assembly that a "permanent Commission be appointed with necessary personnel to educate the public concerning such publications, to canvass the state for any violations of Chapter 610, Section 13 of the General Laws of 1938 or any amendment thereto which the Governor or the Legislature might deem advisable in the premises, and that said Commission or its agent or agents be, in addition to those already by law provided, empowered to exercise the powers and duties prescribed by Chapter 610, Section 13 of the General Laws of 1938, or any amendment thereto."
During the January Session of the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1956 the Commission To Encourage Morality In Youth was established by Resolution No. 73 H 1000, R.I.Acts and Resolves, 1102—1103. The resolution created a 'commission to encourage morality in youth,' to be composed of nine members appointed by the Governor of the State. The members were to serve for staggered, five-year terms. They were to receive no compensation, but their expenses, as well as the expenses incurred in the operation of the Commission generally, were to be defrayed out of annual appropriations.