Legislation was introduced late on Friday afternoon that would transfer the former Mining & Mineral Museum building in Phoenix [right] and all of its assets from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey to re-open it as the Arizona Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum. A hearing on the bill, SB1200, is scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, February 17 in the Senate Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.
The bill says the State Geologist may "promote the recognition and celebration of the historical, cultural, economic and social contributions to this state made by the mining, mineral and natural resource industries in this state, including the livestock and agricultural industries."
A 14-member Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor, would be comprised of two representatives from the mining industry, two from the tourism community, two each from agriculture, livestock and specialty crops communities (total of 6), an education representative, and two from the public. The State Geologist would also be a member. The Council makeup is the same as that for the Arizona Experience museum proposed for the Centennial but never implemented.
SB1200 was initially introduced to make a technical correction but a 'strike everything' amendment added all the new language.