California advances bill creating special Reagan day

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has approved a bill that would honor Ronald Reagan with a special day of recognition, but not before Democrats tried to score a few political points.

Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldana of San Diego says the late conservative icon should be remembered for once heading a labor union — the Screen Actors Guild — and for approving tax increases as governor.

Republican Assemblyman Anthony Adams responded that Reagan wasn't perfect.

By a unanimous vote Monday, the Assembly passed the legislation creating Ronald Reagan Day every Feb. 6, the anniversary of his birth. Schools will be encouraged to commemorate the accomplishments of the Republican governor and president.

The bill, SB944, returns to the state Senate for a final vote.

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