EDUCATION COMMITTEE KILLS
NUNAN LOYALTY OATH BILL
AFTER STATE-WIDE PROTEST
Assembly Group Rejects Measure
By 8-6 Vote Tuesday At
VASSAR BEGAN PROTEST
Many Educational Leaders And
Thousands Of Students Also
After an impressive
state-wide protest, the Nunan Loyalty Oath Bill was killed in the
Relocation Committee of the State Assembly by a vote of eight to five
Tuesday. This measure, therefore, will not go to the Rules Committee
and, as far as this session of the Legislature' is concerned, is dead.
proposed by Senators Nunan and Assemblyman Devany had already been
passed by the Senate, Opposition to the bill was voiced by many
educational leaders and thousands of college students.
Two weeks ago;
eighty-five Vassar girls formedl the first contingent to invade the
Senate in an attempt to influence the members of the upper house to
defeat the Bill. On the second occasion, an organized body of
representatives of various colleges and universities went to Albany to
voice their opposition to the passage of the Nunan Bill. They were
given a private hearing by the Education Committee and an interview
with Governor Lehman.
Assemblyman Fite, a
Republican and professor of political science at Vassar, who had voted
for a favorable report on the companion Assembly bill, switched to the
side of those who opposed such a report on the Nunan bill.
measure is similar to the Ives Oath act for teachers which was passed
last year with practically no opposition, and became a law when the
Governor signed it after having once vetoed it. There was also no
apparent opposition to the Nunan bill before the protest of the Vassar
The proposed bill
would have had all students of colleges, wholly or partially supported
by public funds, pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United
States and the State Constitution.
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