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June 13, 1980 - Image 5

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The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 13, 1980-Page 5

passes bill
to bolster
U.S. fair

WASHINGTON (AP)-The House easily passed a
major civil rights bill yesterday that is designed to
strengthen enforcement of the landmark 1968 fair
housing law.
Passage, on a 310-95 vote, came only after opponen-
ts of the measure narrowly lost a last-ditch attempt to
send the legislation back to committee with instruc-
tions to strip much of the enforcement powers from
the bill.
SUPPORTERS CONTENDED the legislation was
needed because the 1968 fair housing act had no effec-
tive means of enforcement.
The new bill allows the Department of Housing and
Urban Development to file complaints of housing
discrimination with an administrative law judge in
the Justice Department. The law judge would have
authority to settle the cases and order appropriate
remedies, including imposing a fine of up to $10,000.
The Justice Department also would be given
greater latitude in prosecuting cases of alleged
housing discrimination. The bill allows the depar-
tment to pursue cases of "general interest" rather
than only those where there is a pattern or practice of
discrimination. .
UNDER EXISTING LAW, HUD can only mediate
complaints alleging housing discrimination. It had
no power to actually settle the cases. And the Justice
Department can bring suit in housing discrimination
cases only if there is "pattern or practice" of

The legislation, the only major civil rights bill to
come before Congress this year, now goes to the
Senate where a subcommittee already is working on
similar legislation.
The margin of victory on final passage belied the
difficulties faced by supporters in getting through the
House the legislation which President Carter had
called "perhaps the most important civil rights bill"
in a decade.
AN ATTEMPT BY opponents to strip much of the
enforcement provisions from the legislation failed
Wednesday only after Rep. Joseph Gaydos (D-Pa.),
switched his vote at the last minute.
That vote switch gave supporters a 205-204 vic-
tory and kept the key enforcement provisions intact.
Opponents, however, mounted another attempt
to modify the bill yesterday, asking that it be sent
back to committee with instructions to delete the en-
forcement provisions.
THAT MOVE FAILED on a 209-196 vote, however,
setting the stage for final passage.
The bill was supported on final passage by 223
Democrats and 87 Republicans. Opposed were 28
Democrats and 67 Republicans.
The bill's progress through the House was marked
by parliamentary maneuvering designed to give each
side an advantage.


(Continuedfrom Page3i
Expectations of University
administrators for state funds have
dwindled gradually as the state's
worsening economic status became
"When the governor first gave a
budget (to the legislature), it seemed
like we would be much better off,"
Acting Vice-President for Academic
Affairs Alfred Sussman said yesterday.
BUT UNIVERSITY officials do not
accuse the legislature of short-
changing higher education. "As bleak
as it appears now, the legislature has
been supportive of higher education,"
said Vice-President for State Relations
Richard Kennedy.
"The real villain is hard times," not
the legislature, Sussman said.
University administrators have
made preliminary plans based on
several versions of expected state
funding: First, they planned on
Milliken's original 9.5 per cent
recommendation and then, on
Milliken's revised 6.2 per cent increase.
Most recently they planned on their
own estimated 5 per cent increase, and
now they must deal with the Senate's
4.2 per cent increase, with more cuts
likely before fall.
"We have run so many different
figures lately," Kennedy said, while
last year, the state budget was
completed and approved by May.

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Yesterday's Senate appropriation did
not include the state's medical OPEN THURSDAY A
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separate $88million bill.



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