Public hearing on the future of the Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Legislature invites public comment on whether the Arizona Geological Survey should continue, be terminated, or consolidated with another agency. This is the final step in the normal Sunset Review for all state agencies and boards. AZGS was last given a renewal 10 years ago, that expires June 30, 2012. A public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm, Monday, Oct. 17 at the State Senate in Phoenix. The AZ Dept. of Game & Fish Commission Sunset Review is up first, with AZGS expected to be considered around 2:30 pm.
A 10-member Legislative Committee of Reference is co-chaired by Sen. John Nelson and Rep. Kate Brophy-McGee. The Committee has until Dec. 1 to make their recommendations to the full Legislature, which will then be considered during the regular session beginning in January. However, it appears likely that the Committee will take action on Monday as to the future of AZGS.