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BB BUDGET 02968 DAVE COX.JPGFormer state Sen. Dave Cox's memory soon may be honored by the naming of a freeway interchange in Sacramento County.

A concurrent resolution passed unanimously by the Senate today would create the "Senator Dave Cox Interchange" at Highway 50 and Hazel Avenue, not far from the Republican lawmaker's family home.

SCR 97 was proposed by Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, who replaced Cox after his death in 2010.

The measure specifies that no state funds will be for signs marking the Cox interchange. Private donations and other non-state contributions will be sought, Gaines said.

Gaines characterized his Senate predecessor, a leader of the Assembly GOP Caucus before moving to the Senate in 2004, as a "dedicated and fair lawmaker who worked tirelessly for his constituents."

SCR 97 praised Cox, of Fair Oaks, for fighting billions in new tax increases while pushing for a stronger economy during his tenure as Assembly GOP leader.

Cox, before joining the Legislature, served as a member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board of directors.

SCR 97 now moves to the Assembly for final action.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, talks on the Senate floor during debate on the budget plan. Sacramento Bee file photo, Feb. 17, 2009, by Brian Baer.



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