PRINTER'S NO. 589

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE RESOLUTION

No. 20 Session of 1979


        INTRODUCED BY GOEBEL, LASHINGER AND POTT, MARCH 6, 1979

        REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON RULES, MARCH 6, 1979

                          In the House of Representatives, March 6, 1979

     1     WHEREAS, It is alleged that The Spirit Association for the
     2  Unification of World Christianity, also known as the Unification
     3  Church, and the following religious societies; Scientology,
     4  Children of God, International Society Krishna Consciousness,
     5  Divine Light Mission, Church of Bible Understanding, Council for
     6  Social Development, Neo-American Church and The Way
     7  International, may utilize improper mind control techniques in
     8  their recruitment and subsequent retention of members; and
     9     WHEREAS, It is important to ascertain whether or not the
    10  Unification Church or the other entities mentioned above recruit
    11  and/or retain their membership by way of techniques which
    12  undermine voluntary consent, involve the use of duress,
    13  interfere with free will or otherwise involve improper mind
    14  control practices; and
    15     WHEREAS, It is necessary to determine whether the parents of
    16  individuals who have become members of the Unification Church,
    17  and who are commonly referred to as "Moonies", or the other
    18  entities employ similar recruitment and/or membership retention

     1  practices have adequate remedy under existing law to ascertain
     2  whether or not such initial or continued membership is voluntary
     3  and not the result of improper mind control techniques or other
     4  forms of duress; and
     5     WHEREAS, It is alleged that the Unification Church and the
     6  other entities have engaged in improper and misleading fund-
     7  raising practices and that such deceptive fund-raising is
     8  facilitated by their alleged status as religious organizations;
     9  and
    10     WHEREAS, It is necessary to determine whether the fund-
    11  raising practices of the Unification Church and the other
    12  entities are improper and misleading and, if so, whether
    13  existing law adequately regulates or prohibits such conduct;
    14  therefore be it
    15     RESOLVED, That the Speaker of the House of Representatives
    16  appoint a select committee consisting of seven members, four
    17  from the majority party and three from the minority party, to
    18  study, investigate and report to the House on the recruitment
    19  and membership retention techniques and fund-raising practices
    20  of the Unification Church and the other entities alluded to in
    21  the foregoing and the possible need for remedial legislation;
    22  and be it further
    23     RESOLVED, That such select committee shall not conduct its
    24  study or investigation so as to in any manner interfere with the
    25  free exercise of religion and religious beliefs by members of
    26  the Unification Church (commonly referred to as "Moonies") or by
    27  the other entities; and be it further
    28     RESOLVED, That the committee may hold hearings, take
    29  testimony, and make its investigations at such places as it
    30  deems necessary. It may issue subpoenas under the hand and seal
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     1  of its chairman commanding any person to appear before it and to
     2  answer questions touching matters properly being inquired into
     3  by the committee and to produce such books, papers, records and
     4  documents as the committee deems necessary. Such subpoenas may
     5  be served upon any person and shall have the force and effect of
     6  subpoenas issued out of the courts of this Commonwealth. Any
     7  person who willfully neglects or refuses to testify before the
     8  committee or to produce any books, papers, records or documents,
     9  shall be subject to the penalties provided by the laws of the
    10  Commonwealth in such case. Each member of the committee shall
    11  have power to administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses
    12  appearing before the committee; and be it further
    13     RESOLVED, That within thirty calendar days after the
    14  committee has made its report, the chairman of the committee
    15  shall cause a record of all expenses incurred by the committee,
    16  or the members thereof, which are payable at Commonwealth
    17  expense, to be filed with the Speaker of the House and the
    18  Speaker shall cause the same to be entered into the journal
    19  thereof. No expenses incurred by the committee or any member
    20  thereof shall be reimbursable by the Chief Clerk unless such
    21  expense shall first have been included as an expense item in the
    22  record heretofore required; and be it further
    23     RESOLVED, That the committee shall report its findings,
    24  together with its recommendations for appropriate legislation or
    25  otherwise, to the General Assembly as soon as its study is
    26  completed.



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