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Harold J. Ragan Papers

Harold J. Ragan Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Harold J. Ragan Papers
Creator: Ragan, Harold J.
Inclusive Dates: 1987-2002
Language: English
Extent: 11 box(es)
Collection Number: RBRL/094/HJR
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Biography

Harold J. Ragan was born November 5, 1928 in Cook County, Georgia. Ragan graduated from Cairo High School and received his Associate of Agriculture Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1949. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education, Master of Education Degree, and his six-year Specialist Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Georgia. In 1986, after 33 years of experience as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, Senator Ragan retired from education. Senator Ragan served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1981 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Senator Ragan was a member of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. Senator Ragan also served as a Director and also as President of the Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association. Senator Ragan and his wife Marjorie are the parents of three grown sons: Hal, Tom, and Tim.

Ragan was first elected to the Senate from southwest Georgia in 1986. He represented the 11th Senate district as a Democrat, which serves Decatur, Grady, Seminole, Early, Miller, and Mitchell Counties and portions of Colquitt and Thomas Counties. While in the Senate, Ragan chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee and served as vice-chair of the Education Committee. He was also a member of Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. In addition to his standing committee assignments, Senator Ragan served on a number of interim study committees and state commissions including the Indigent Care Trust Fund Study Committee, the Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board Overview Committee, and the Linked Deposit Loan Program Study Committee.

Ragan passed away August 24, 2020.

Biographical Information: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/Archives/19971998/house/gass11.htm

Scope and Content

This collection contains legislative files from Harold Ragan's time as a member of the Georgia Senate from 1987 to 2002; files from his time on the Agriculture and other committees; files from his senate office, including speeches; subject files on his office's work on various bills and resolutions; correspondence between Ragan, his colleagues, and his constituents; and newspaper clippings relating to Ragan's work and personal interests.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged in seven series: I. Legislative Files, II. Committee Papers, III. Senate Offices Papers, IV. Subject Files, V. Correspondence, VI. Newspaper Clippings, and VII. Audiovisual Materials.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Harold J. Ragan Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Madison Ingram, 2018-06-27.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agriculture -- Georgia.
Correspondence.
Legislation -- Georgia.
Legislators -- Georgia.
Speeches, addresses, etc.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Legislative Files



Subseries A. House Bills

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11HB 163, HB 125, SB 200, January 27, 1995
12HB 594, HB 559 , February 14, 1995
13HB 220, April 7, 1995
14HB 208, April 18, 1995
15HB 317, March 6, 1996
16HB 1161, February 11, 2000
17HB 463: Estate Tax Elimination, February 9, 2001
18HB 728, SR 628, February 13, 2002
19HB 442: Pecan Dealers, February 20, 2001
110HB 680: Thomas County Emergency Service Board, March 1, 2001
111HB 710, March 2, 2001
112HB 645: Grain Dealers Licensing- Floyd, March 5, 2001
113HB 809: Restaurant Franchise Relations Act, March 8, 2001
114HB 364: Tax Exempt from Heavy Equipment Dealers, March 9, 2001
115Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists [HB 784], March 12, 2001
116HB 170: Animal Crop/ Research Facilities Protection , March 12, 2001
117HB 89: Pick your own Procedure; Liability , March 13, 2001
118HB 71: Water Pollution Control; Chuck Sims, March 13, 2001
119Election Bill, February 15, 2001
120HB 361: Cotton Producers Indemnity Fund, March 21, 2001
121HB 879: SoGA Governmental Services Athority , March 21, 2001
122HB 293: Non-Auction DLRS Pesticides, March 21, 2001
123HB 719, HB 1182, March 26, 2002



Subseries B. House Resolutions

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124HR 173, HB220 (missing), HB 208, February 3, 1995
125Mobile Home Renter Tax Exemption , June 23, 2000
126Bill Stanfill HWY- Resolution HR 70 , January 12, 2001
127HR 209: Water Well Drilling , March 14, 2001
128HR 209, Jan 15, 2002



Subseries C. Senate Bills

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129SB 374, HB 124, February 20, 1995
130SB 257, March 25, 2000
131SB 35, March 15, 1995
132SB 132, January 10, 2000
133SB 398, April 21, 2000
134SB 290 , April 28, 2000
135SB 54: Board of Medical Examiners, July 14, 2000
136Vietnam Veterans Service Credit- Ragan SB 62, January 19, 2001
137Senate Bill 89, February 5, 2001
138Psychologist Prescribe, SB 102, February 9, 2001
139SB 82- Register Nurse First Assistant Consumer Act, February 16, 2001
140SB 241: Farm Equipment, February 26, 2001
141SB 275: Cherokee Indians, March 1, 2001
142SB 95, March 1, 2001
143SB 102: Psychologists Prescriptive, March 5, 2001
144SB 399, SB 519, SB 533, March 12, 2002
145SB 213: State Court Judges , March 25, 2001
146SB 321, SB 361, HB 1087, February 4, 2002
147SB 361, SB 241, February 7, 2002
148SB 563, February 19, 2002
149SB 473 , February 25, 2002
150SB 155, March 15, 2002
151SB 399, March 18, 2002
152[SB 630]
153SB 477- Substitute



Subseries D. Senate Resolutions

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154SR 581, HB 1405, HB1458, February 20, 1996
155Amend Indemnification Law- Non-Profit air and Groun EMS Burton Legis 2001, September 8, 2000
156SR 19- Andy Bell Resolution , January 12, 2001
157SR 20- Katie Peters Resolution, January 12, 2001
158SR 21- Jim Brim Resolution, January 12, 2001
159James Adams Resolution , January 12, 2001
160Cairo-Grady City Chamber 75 years- Resolution , January 23, 2001
161Dr Bill Arwood Resolution- SR 38, January 24, 2001
162SR 75- Brent Loeffler- Commend- Resolution , January 25, 2001
163SR 77- Silverhaired Legis, January 31, 2001
164Resolution- Murray Campbell- SR 139, February 8, 2001
165MitchellCity Primary School Res- SR 140 , February 8, 2001
166Ray Bryant- Regrets at Passing SR 141, February 8, 2001
167Colquit Youth Assn SR 153 , February 13, 2001
168Thomas "Hubert" Dollar- Regrets at Passing SR 154, February 13, 2001
169Birdie Cammon Resolution- 100th Birthday SR 219, February 21, 2001
170Billy Wade Lewis Resolution- SR 244, February 26, 2001
171Foreign Language Credit for ASL , February 23, 2001
172Teresa Edwards Resolution , February 28, 2001
173Peanut Producers Resolution SR 243, March 1, 2001
174Agricultural Educ, Middle Schools , March 1, 2001
175SR 280 FCCLA (Barber Res) , March 2, 2001
176SR 377- Jakin HS 50th Anniv Class of 1951, March 7, 2001
177SR 384- Eliminate Ag Educ Courses File #2 , March 12, 2001
178SR 376 Gurley , Bruce Resolution, March 12, 2001
179SR 193 Water Well Drill Urge Cong, March 13, 2001
180SR 74- Stanfill Resolution Commending , March 15, 2001
181SR 424 Jessi Mathers Resolution, March 19, 2001
182Senate Resolution 49 Ex 2 , September 9, 2001
183SR 15 Parkview Football, September 18, 2001
184SR 396: Ag Water Conservation Incentive Program Study Committee , January 14, 2002
 

Series II. Committee Papers



Subseries A. Agriculture Committee

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211988 Agriculture, 1988
22[Report of the Senate Ethanol Study Committee], December 1989
23[Agriculture Committee Meeting. 1991] , 1991
24[Vo-Ag Files], 1994-1995
25Vo-Ag Files, 1994-1999
26Vo Ag Study, 1994
27Vo-Ag , 1997-1999
28Senate Bricks , February 10, 1996
29[Ga-Ag Meeting], 1996
210[Agriculture Committee Meetings, 1995], 1995
211[Agriculture Committee Meetings, 1996], 1996
212[Senate Poultry Feed and Transportation Study Committee], 1995
213[Sub Committee on Pork Production], 1999
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31Ag Comm Mtg with Tobacco Graders, September 17, 2001
32Ag Committee Members; Ag Related Orgs, October 26, 2001
33Tracking, Ag Comm: Bills, 2001-2002
34Members List, 2001-2002
35Marcia Wallace, Senate Agriculture Committee, 2001-2002
36Sen Mitch Seabaugh, 2001-2002
37Sen Jack Hill (Ex Officio), 2001-2002
38Sen Donzella James, 2001-2002
39Senate Information, 2001-2002
310Sen Faye Smith, Vice Chair, 2001-2002
311Sen Tommie Williams, 2001-2002
312Sen Susan Cable, 2001-2002
313Senate Research, 2001-2002
314Sen Harold Ragan, Chair, 2001-2002
315Sen Sonny Perdue, 2001-2002
316Sen Van Streat, 2001-2002
317Agriculture Comm Admn Files , 2001-2002
318Agriculture Comm, 2001
319Agricultural Exposition Overview Committee, 2000
320Ag Committee Minutes 2002



Subseries B. Other Committees

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321Higher Education, January 10, 2002
322Education- Ragan, February 2, 2001
323Confirmation- SBOE Members Senate Education Committee, March 14, 2002
324Education Sub-Commitee; Harold Ragan, Chairman, 2002
325Sen. Harold Ragan, 2002
326Retirement Commitee , March 3, 2002
327Teachers Retirement Revision, 2001-2002
328[Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee Files], 1995
329Long-Term Care Study , 2001
330Senator Harold Ragan: Senate Study Committee on Developing a Federally Funded Prescription Drug for Low-Income Elderly Citizens, November 28, 2001
 

Series III. Senate Office Papers



Subseries A. Speeches

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41[Agriculture Speeches]
42[Speech to the Cancer Board]
43Speech Material
44[Veteran's Day Speech], 1971
45[Speeches from 1987], 1987
46[Speeches from 1988], 1988
47[Church Speeches]
48[Decatur County Speech]
49[Speech to DNR Board]
410[Memorial Day and Veteran's Day Speech]
411[Speeches to Educators]
412[Speeches to Students]
413Speeches, Thomasville- Helping Agencies, November 28, 1988
414[FFA Banquet], May 5, 1989
415[Speeches from 1989], 1989
416[Speeches from 1990], 1990
417[Speeches from 1991], 1991
418[Speeches from 1992], 1992
419[Speeches from 1993], 1993
420[Speeches from 1994], 1994
421[Speech to Georgia Seedsmen], July 10, 1995
422ca. 1995, 1995
423ca. 1996, 1996
424[Speeches from 1997], 1997
425[Tech School Satellite Groundbreaking], January 3, 1997
426[Speeches from 1998], 1998
427[Speeches from 1999], 1999
428[Speeches from 2000], 2000
429[Speeches from 2001], 2001
430[Speeches from 2002], 2002
Subseries B. Other Office Papers, 1987-2002
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431[Notes by Harold Ragan]
432Sentence Review
433Ragan
434[Brooks Coleman Riding Club]
435[John Brinson Biography]
436Speech and related correspondence, Georgia Council for the , June 16, 1988
437[DNR Bill], 1992
438[Career Day Challenge], October 31, 1994
439[Budget + notes], December 30, 1996
440[NCSL Services to General Assembly], 1999
441[Budget Items], 1999
442[Request for median crossover on US 19], 2000
443[Flint River Drought Protection Act], 200
444[Senate Wrap Ups], 2000
445[Biographies of the Ragans]
446[Education Reform Act], 2000
447Grants- Pending, 2000
448[Office Papers ca. 2000, 2000
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51Archbold Medical Center, Thomasville, 2001
52Local Legis- Ragan, 2001
53Agricultural Courses in HS , 2001
54HR Invites, March 2001
55Roll Call, 2001
56Early County- 2001, 2001
57Decatur County- 2001, 2001
58Thomas County- 2001, 2001
59Colquitt County- 2001, 2001
510Grady County- 2001, 2001
511Miller County- 2001, 2001
512 Mitchell County- 2001, 2001
513Cairo, City of , 2001
514Bainbridge Welcome Center Announcement, March 27, 2001
515Colquitt City- Rep Royal, February 1, 2001
517Iwan Teare, Aide to Senator Ragan, February 21, 2001
518Seminole County- 2001, 2001
520Weekly Highlights, February 16, 2001
521Personal- 2001, 2001
522HR Press Releases, 2001
523Pending Legis- 2001, 2001
524Constituents (Ragan)- 2001, 2001
525Gun Sales, January 12, 2001
526Bills to be Tracked, 2001
527Iron City, 100th B'day , 2001
528[Education Issues], 2001
529[Important Messages to Ragan], 2001
530Senate Pages, 2001 Session, 2001
531[Office Papers from 2001], 2001
532[Kim Mitchell File], 2002
533[Voting Records], 2002
534[Press Releases], 2002
535[Notes], 2002
536Session Higlights from Senator Ragan, 2002
537Senate Committee Meetings, 2002
539Responses Made (Reference), 2002
540[Press Releases, 2/14/02], February 14, 2002
541Daily Items For Senator Ragan to Review, 2002
542Sign In Sheets, 2002
543A.M. Reports, 2002
544[Congratulatory Letters], 2002
545Schools Related, 2002
546Misc. Letters, 2002
547Beauty Pagents, 2002
548Agriculture Letters; Beef and Hog Shows, 2002
549Chamber Awards, 2002
550Congratulatory Letters; Examples and Info data, 2002
551Budget Issues, FY 2002, 2002
552[Papers, 2002], 2002
553HB 630: Safe Haven Laws, May 15, 2002
 

Series IV. Subject Files

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6A1[Albany Technical Institute], 1995
6A2[Agribusiness], January 15, 2002
Agriculture Education, August 9, 1995
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6A4UGA- College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, February 3, 2000
6A4GA Agri-Leaders Forum, March 23, 1995
6A7[Proposed amendments], September 27, 2002
6A8[Georgia Aquaculture Commission], 2001
6A9[Aquaculture Reports], June 21, 2001
6A10Aquaculture/Catfish , October 19, 1994
6A11Aquaculture Dev. Commission, 2001
6A12Bainbridge State Hospital, April 27, 2000
6A13Bainbridge Welcome Center, July 25, 200
6A14Bio Based Technology, January 21, 2001
6A152002 Budget Issue , 2002
6A16[John Bulloch Information]
6A17[Coalition of Dog Clubs]
6A18[Climate Change- Kyoto Protocol], 1999
6A22[Co-Op Information]
6A23Dairy Compact Info, 2001
Dental Hygientist's Day Resolution , February 23, 2001
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6B1[E.A.G.L.E], August 23, 2000
6B2Education Coordinating Council , 2000
6B3[Education Reform/HB1187], 2000
6B4[Georgia's Education], 2002
6B5Election Law Revision, 2001
6B6[Environmental Protection Division], 2002
6B7Equine Industry, 2001
6B8Flag, Georgia, 2000
6B9GA Gain- Merit System, 1996
6B10[Information on HB 1671], 2000
6B11[Information on HB 1240]
6B12[Information on HB 1346]
6B13Iron City, April 9, 2001
6B14Juvinile Justice Center, May 8, 2000
6B15[1999 Legislation], 1999
6B16[Understanding Georgia's Living Will], September 15, 1997
6B18[Lester Maddox], 2002
6B19Mental Health, November 11, 2000
6B20[Georgia Milk Producers]
6B21Motor Cross, August 21, 2000
6B22Mushroom Project, May 10, 2000
6B23GA Department of Natural Resources, February 15, 2001
6B23[Olympic Committee], 1996
6B24Oilseed Initiative, October 2000
6B25One Georgia Authority, October 27, 2000
6B26One Georgia Authority- Equity Grants, January 24, 2002
6B27[PeachCare], September 26, 2000
6B28Pesticide Container Disposal, 1994
6B29Predatory Lending, January 30, 2001
6B30Preferred Provider Organization State Merit, February 25, 2000
6B31Property Tax, March 10, 1999
6B32Ratites, October 30, 1995
6B33Reapportionment, 2001
6B34Registry of Historic Building , October 17, 2000
6B35Rosa Ward Resolution, March 12, 2001
6B36[Seed Industry Information], March 2, 2002
6B37Southwest GA Agribusiness Assn. , January 15, 1992
6B38Syrup City Arts Center, July 30, 2001
6B39Flue-Cured Tobacco Advisory Board, August 19, 2000
6B40Tobacco Settlement, December 2, 1999
6B41Tobacco Comm Dev Bd Overview Committee
6B42[GA Turfgrass Association], 1995
6B43United Poultry Growers
6B44Water Issues, October 9, 1999
6B45[Water Resources Issues]
6B46Well Drilling , 1995
6B47Westwood Academy, January 3, 2001
6B48Wildlife Conservation Society
 

Series V. Correspondence

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711987 Interim Correspondence, 1987
721987 Interim Correspondence [folder two]
731987 Session Correspondence, 1987
741988 General Assembly Session, 1988
751988 General Assembly Sesson [folder two]
761988 Interim Correspondence, 1988
771988 Interim Correspondene [folder two]
781988 Interim Correspondence [folder three]
791988 Interim Correspondence [folder four], 1988
7101989 Interim Correspondence, 1989
7111989 Interim Correspondence [folder two]
7121989 Interim Thank Yous , 1989
7131989 Special Session, 1989
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81[Thank you/ Congratulatory Letters to Harold Ragan]
82[Opinions on HB 1187], 2000
83Gold Kist Letter, 1994
84SB 138 Opinions
85[Correspondence, 1993-1999], 1993-1999
86[Correspondence, dated 2000], 2000
87[Correspondence dated 2001], 2001
88[Correspondence, dated 2002], 2002
 

Series VI. Newspaper Clippings

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89[Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1998], 1982-1998
810[Newspaper Clippings 1999], 1999
811[Newspaper Clippings, 2000], 2000
812Photos/Publicity (Ragan), 2001
813History Cairo Fire Dept, 2001
814[Newspaper Clippings 2001], 2001
815Senate Clippings, 2001, 2001
816[Newspaper Clippings, 2002], 2002
 

Series VII. Audiovisual Materials

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UC RBRL049HR-DVD_0001 Harold J. Ragan, 1987-2002, Senate Career, circa 2002
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Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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UC RBRL094HR-CS_0001 Public Hearing on Pork Production, by the Agricultural Committee of the Georgia Senate , February 11, 1999