California establishes annual day honoring Reagan

SACRAMENTO — Starting next year, California will set aside a day to honor former President Ronald Reagan, who also served as governor.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills Monday paying tribute to the conservative icon, who died in 2004.

The first designates Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day. The bill, SB944, encourages schools to spend the day commemorating Reagan's life and accomplishments.

The second, AB1911, establishes a commission to plan the celebration of what would have been Reagan's 100th birthday next February. The commission would have to use private donations to pay for the festivities.

Despite the Legislature's Democratic majority, both Reagan bills received unanimous support.

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