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Bill Makes University Heads Responsible for Communists On Faculty; Asks Heavy Fine
The Massachusetts Legislature killed the latest attempt to force college presidents to expel Communists from state schools, it was learned yesterday. Approving the recommendation of the Committee on Education, the lawmakers referred the bill to the "next annual session."
Representative Wilfred Mirsky, Chairman of the Committee, said last night that this procedure was "just a fancy way of throwing the bill out." Bills referred to next session must be refiled to be reconsidered by the Committee.
The bill introduced by Rep. William F. Keenan, was aimed at "professors, teachers and others who support or advocate communism." Opponents of the bill feared its passage after learning that a surprise hearing had been held, attended only by supporters of the bill.
Mirsky however, said he had opposed the bill from the start. "If we can't have faith in people like President Conant, who did so much in the war effort to run their own schools," he said, "we can't have faith in anybody. We don't want to Fill free speech and civil liberties in our colleges.
Rep. Keenan, absent from the House because of Illness, could not be reached for comment last night.
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