Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1984

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: August 27, 1984

Statement on Signing a Bill Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Federal Holiday Commission
August 27, 1984

I have today signed H.R. 5890, which establishes a temporary commission to encourage and advise on appropriate observances of the first legal holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., which will occur on January 20, 1986.

The Commission can make a significant contribution by assisting governmental and private organizations in arranging for appropriate ceremonies to honor this great and distinguished man.

I have been advised by the AttorneyGeneral that, in view of the requirements of the appointments and the incompatibility clauses of the Constitution, a majority of the members of the Commission, and therefore the Commission itself, may perform only ceremonial and advisory functions.

NOTE: As enacted, H.R. 5890 is Public Law 98-399, approved August 27.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Statement on Signing a Bill Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1984 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1984 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1913 1201. Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPDCAKM1HKWQ8N5.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Statement on Signing a Bill Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1984, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1984 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1913, page 1201. Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPDCAKM1HKWQ8N5.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Statement on Signing a Bill Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1984. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1984 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1913, pp.1201. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPDCAKM1HKWQ8N5.