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Rhode Island Illegitimacy Law Commission (1947-) | State Archives Catalog

Name: Rhode Island Illegitimacy Law Commission (1947-)


Historical Note:

The Rhode Island Illegitimacy Law Commission was created by Chapter 1873 of the Public Laws of 1947.  In accordance with the provision of this act, Governor John O. Pastore on July 9, 1947, appointed the following individuals as members of the Commission: Judge Francis J. McCabe of the Juvenile Court; Senator William J. Thompson of Cranston, Republican floor leader; Representative Edward L. Godfrey of Warwick; Representative Katherine T. Shunney of Woonsocket; Judge Luigi DePasquale of Sixth District Court; LeRoy G. Pilling of the Lgal Aid Society; Julia M. Rager of the Catholic Charities Bureau; Mrs. Paul Gould of Cranston; Director of Public Welfare John A. Hamilton of Cranston; and Joseph Galkin of the Jewish Family and Children's Services.

The Act of the Legislature provided that the Commission should prepare and present to the General Assembly a revision of the laws of the State which in any manner whatsoever affect the illegitimate child, the unmarried mother, the putative or physical father of the child, the rights or duties of any town or city of the State in reference thereon.  The act also provided that it should study the practice and laws relating to the above-stated matters.






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