NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 01, 1969
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(Studio) Under present law, 7 South states can't give literacy tests to voter registrants. President Nixon wants to expand law to all states.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Attorney General John Mitchell defends bill before House Judiciary Sub. Committee [MITCHELL - says bill supplements 1965 Civil Rights Act.] [Representative Emanuel CELLER - says Mitchell didn't give persuasive facts about discrimination in other states on literacy tests. Hopes proposal's dead.] [Representative William McCULLOCH - says election reform mustn't weaken strong Civil Rights Act of 1965.] Present act may be extended 5 years, rather than administration getting new proposal. Thought bill was proposed to gain support of white conservative Southerners.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker