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Effort to designate Ronald Reagan Day in California gets bipartisan support. What do you think?

June 29, 2010 |  7:58 am

http://www.latimes.com/includes/projects/hollywood/portraits/ronald_reagan.jpgTalkBackLACalifornia lawmakers appear to be backing an effort to designate Ronald Reagan Day in the state.

Ronald Reagan Day would be Feb. 6 -- the birthday of the former actor, California governor and U.S. president. Dedicating a special day of recognition would not make that date a state holiday, but it would be officially on the state calendar and schools would be encouraged to teach students about Reagan's legacy.

So far, two other people have commemorative days in California -- conservationist John Muir and slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk.

SB 944, as the bill is known, is being pushed by Republican legislators. "Ronald Wilson Reagan was a man of humble background who worked throughout his life serving freedom and advancing the public good, having been employed as an entertainer, union leader, corporate spokesman, governor of California, and president of the United States," the bill states.

The assembly passed the bill Monday with bipartisan support (with one Democratic legislator noting that the conservative icon raised taxes in California), and it now goes to the Senate.

What do you think about a designated Ronald Reagan Day in California? Share your thoughts here.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Ronald Reagan. Credit: Warner Bros. 


Ronald Reagan featured in the L.A. Times' Hollywood Star Walk project