Fresh off his Oscar win, Sean Penn has joined the reinvigorated campaign to have Harvey Milk Day declared a state holiday in California. Today Penn will appear at a press conference to lobby for Senate Bill 572.
The bill would designate May 22 as “a day of special significance in California,” in which public schools would be encouraged “to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on Harvey Milk’s life and his contributions to the state,” according to the press release. But with the huge hole in the state budget and increased calls to cut back current paid state holidays, supporters also note the legislation doesn’t call for either state workers or school employees to get a day off from work.
Last year the Governator vetoed a similar bill.