Certain private clubs where members conduct business would be barred from discriminating against women, ethnic minorities and other groups under a bill that won Senate passage 40-0 Wednesday. The legislation would apply only to clubs with more than 400 members and that regularly serve meals. It specifically exempts fraternal, benevolent, ethnic and religious organizations and any clubs where business is not transacted.
Two former secretaries of the Department of Community Affairs issued a letter Wednesday criticizing a House bill as an assault on the state's growth management law. John DeGrove, who directed the department from 1983-85, and Tom Pelham, secretary from 1987-91, said in the letter to newspaper editors that the legislation is a "heavy attack" on the law. The bill would restrict the department's oversight of planning efforts in local governments.