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In Md., a Reagan tribute, but not a day

February 02, 2011

ANNAPOLIS — It won't be Ronald Reagan Day in Maryland on Sunday, but the state is paying tribute to the nation's 40th president.

Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit lobbying organization, lobbies officials in all 50 states each year to declare his Feb. 6 birthday as Ronald Reagan Day.

Sunday will be the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth. He died in 2004.

In a list released Tuesday, ATR's Ronald Reagan Legacy Project reported that 21 governors — including Martin O'Malley in Maryland — agreed to declare Feb. 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" this year.

It wasn't clear on Tuesday afternoon if that was accurate.

On Wednesday, O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec forwarded an e-mail showing that ATR's claim was slightly off the mark.

Actually, O'Malley is issuing a "Tribute to Ronald Reagan" proclamation that urges "all Marylanders to join in this observance."

Separately, Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed bills calling for O'Malley to declare Feb. 6 Ronald Reagan Day.

A spokesman for the project said it might overlap to have governors and legislatures work separately on the same outcome, but it adds strength to the message.

— Andrew Schotz, andrews@herald-mail.com

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