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New York Bill to Bar Bias in Eucation Dies; Jewish Congress Asks for Seatings

The Austin-Maboney Bill, which banned discrimination by institutions of higher education in New York State, died in committee yesterday, following its withdrawal by Assemblyman Bercard Austin, one of the measure’s sponsors. Earlier Senator Walter J. Mahoney had stated that he favored no action this year. Austin said he hoped that the divergent views on the bill would be reconciled by the 1948 session of the Legislature.

Rabbi Irving Miller, chairman of the executive committee of the American Jewish Congress, which sponsored the bill, today called on Gov. Devey and all members of the Legislature to hold public hearings on the measure before the Legislature adjourns. He cited a survey showing that 19 of 23 non-sectarian colleges and universities in New York State asked questions concerning the race, religion or national origin of applicants.