NEW YORK: An Historic Step

The State of New York, long used to pacing the Union in matters of social legislation, this week struck out on what may prove its most ambitious stride. The legislature passed and Governor Dewey signed a bill to outlaw employment discrimination because of race, creed, color, or national origin.

The new law, providing for a permanent five-man commission to decide cases of individuals who claim to have been unjustly discharged or denied jobs, was enthusiastically backed by the state's churchmen, the C.I.O., A.F. of L. and a host of other organizations. Said Governor Dewey: "Passage of the bill ... is...

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