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Proposed Sunday Closing Law Withdrawn in California; Jews Gratified

A proposed state law that would have required the closing of all businesses on Sundays, except for stores selling drugs or other vital necessities, was withdrawn from the Legislature here by the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Joseph A. Rattigan.

Saying that support of the draft, “while substantial, is not sufficient,” Sen. Rattigan announced he plans to raise the issue again before the Legislature in 1965. Jewish and Seventh Day Adventist organizations have been opposing the measure. Rabbi Albert M. Lewis, West Coast president of the American Jewish Congress, issued a statement saying he was “gratified” by Sen. Rattigan’s withdrawal of the proposed legislation.