WASHINGTON (Dec. 29)
Hearings on a bill to ban religious and racial discrimination in employment were scheduled today to begin January 12. The hearings will be conducted by a subcommittee on civil rights of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee.
Sen. Irving M. Ives, chairman of the subcommittee, made known that invitations were sent last week to over a score of organizations, including Jewish groups, in an effort to solicit views on pending legislation. It was made known meanwhile that a number of religious leaders previously invited as individuals failed to reply or to indicate any interest in the hearings.
Invitations were first issued to leading personalities in the fields of religion, education, business, and labor. In an effort to secure legislative action during the new session on whatever measures emerges from the subcommittee, the hearings will be restricted to a two-week period. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ives and a group of Senators representing both the Republican and Democratic parties.