Bill to honor Reagan filed for the upcoming Oklahoma Legislature

Tuesday, November 23rd 2004, 1:45 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A resolution to designate Feb. 6 as President Ronald Wilson Reagan Day in Oklahoma is the first measure to be filed for the upcoming Oklahoma Legislature.

House Joint Resolution 1001 was filed last Friday by Rep. Thad Balkman, R-Norman. It would recognize Reagan for his commitment to advancing freedom and his public service as a union leader, entertainer, former governor and 40th president of the United States.

``I feel this is an appropriate designation for residents of the Sooner State to remember a true American legend,'' Balkman said.

Reagan died June 5 of Alzheimer's disease at age 93.

Balkman and his fellow Republicans will begin the 2005 legislative session on Feb. 5 as the majority party in the House for the first time since the 1921-22 session.

Rep. Todd Hiett, R-Kellyville, has been nominated to be speaker and Rep. Susan Winchester, R-Chickasha, has been chosen as speaker pro tem.

Rep. Lance Cargill, R-Harrah, was named Tuesday as the GOP's majority floor leader.