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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced he has signed SB 944 by Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) and AB 1911 by Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad) honoring President Ronald Reagan for his life’s accomplishments and his contributions to California.
“As California’s governor, Ronald Reagan made great strides in strengthening our Golden State, and as the President of the United States, his dedication to freedom and democracy changed the world,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “With this legislation, we celebrate Ronald Reagan’s incredible legacy and his spirit of optimism. Our nation is stronger because of him, and it is important for future Californians to learn about and acknowledge the extraordinary work he did for the state and country he loved.”
SB 944 officially designates February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day” in California. On this day, all public schools and educational institutions will be encouraged to conduct exercises remembering the life of President Ronald Reagan, recognizing his accomplishments and the contributions he made to the state.
“As the only California Governor to become President, Ronald Reagan stands out as one of our state’s greatest leaders,” said Senator George Runner. “President Reagan’s many accomplishments are a model of responsibility and an inspiration to individuals around the world. It is important for California school children to study such a meaningful and positive leader.”
AB 1911 establishes the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, which will be tasked with honoring and promoting the celebration of the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birthday on February 6, 2011.
“The Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission will celebrate and honor one of the most influential California Governors and American Presidents in history on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Just as Ronald Reagan taught the next generation about the greatness of America, this commission will help teach future generations about Ronald Reagan’s character, optimism, ideals, and enduring legacy,” said Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick. “In keeping with President Reagan’s distrust of bigger government, this bill won’t use taxpayer dollars and won’t grow the bureaucracy.”