Illinois Senate Approves Sunday Closing Law; Governor May Veto It

A Sunday closing law for Illinois, approved by the State Senate, headed for the House today amid complaints it was so badly drawn that it might be vetoed by Gov. Otto Korner or be declared unconstitutional. It includes an amendment exempting Sabbath observers.

Objections cited were that the measure contained an exemption for supermarkets that was not in the original plans for the measure and many other exemptions for different types of commercial enterprises. Some legislators told the Jewish Sentinel, a weekly newspaper published here, that a number of amendments were added deliberately to create a problem of unconstitutionality.

Amendments which would make it possible to auction horses on Sunday but not ponies, and to buy beer but not a can opener were listed as among the bill’s inconsistencies. Jewish organizations have expressed opposition on religious grounds.

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