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New York Assembly Approves Anti-discrimination Bill, Speedy Enactment Predicted

New York took a decisive step towards becoming the first state in the country to legally outlaw racial and religious discrimination in employment, when the Assembly last night voted 109 to 32 in favor of the Ives-Quinn bill creating a five-man permanent commission to bar discrimination and to sponsor educational activities aimed at eradicating it.

The measure will be voted upon by the State Senate on Monday and its proponents predict that it will pass with votes to spare. Leaders of both parties, who have joined in supporting the bill, are anxious to have it become a law as soon as possible as to give New York the distinction of being the first to enact such legislation. Similar measures are pending in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Chio, Illinois and California.