Arizona Senate Concurrent Resolution 1015 calls for a constitutional amendment changing the State Mine Inspector from an elected position to one appointed by the Governor.
The actual language would add an Article 19 to the Arizona constitution:
article xix. mines
1. Mine inspector; mine safety laws
Section 1. A. The governor shall appoint a state mine inspector with the advice and consent of the senate. The mine inspector serves at the pleasure of the governor. The legislature shall enact laws prescribing the qualifications and duties of the state mine inspector.
B. The legislature shall enact laws regulating the operation and equipment of mines in this state to provide for the health and safety of mine workers in connection with their work in mines.
If passed, the Secretary of State would submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI, Constitution of Arizona.
Similar bills are introduced almost every year but rarely even get a hearing. Arizona has the only elected mine inspector in the nation and probably in the world. The current Mine Inspector is Joe Hart, who is serving his second 4-year term.