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State Bill to Bar Reds from Civil Service Slated for Passage; Ban on Nazis Rejected

Senator John J. McNaboe’s bill to bar from the civil service and teaching system any person advocating the overthrow of the Government has been advanced to order of final passage. An amendment which would have made the bill cover Nazism and Fascism as well as Communism was overwhelmingly defeated. In the course of a two-and-a-half hour bitter debate on the bill, Senator Thomas C. Desmond quoted Governor Lehman’s message in vetoing the same measure last year and declared that its passage “would be an opening wedge toward discrimination of all sorts….a blow against freedom of thought and expression.”

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