The Friends of the Arizona Historical Society circulated a letter urging opposition to the bill, arguing
- The Historical Society is efficiently and effectively maintaining the Mining and Mineral Museum and it should stay where it is.
- Leaving the Museum where it is currently will allow it to progress and flourish.
- It makes sense and is good government for the Museum to stay with the state agency that runs museums.
Proponents of the transfer sharply disputed the claims in the letter from the Friends of the AHS during the same hearing, particularly the statement that AHS inherited a museum that was already closed. In fact, AHS took the Mining and Mineral Museum in 2010 and shut it down in 2011 in anticipation of converting it to the Centennial Museum.
Today, the proponents started a petition drive aimed at the Governor, calling on allies to counter the letters and calls coming from the other side.
In an email sending around the petition that we received this afternoon, supporters are told:
SB1200 must now go to the full House for consideration."Feel free to print copies and get signatures wherever you can. At work or at school. In the supermarket or stuck in traffic. On the golf course, or at the gym. Chase down the fishing boat or ATV ahead of you this weekend.Put some on telephone poles and restroom walls. Ask K Mart and Costco to put it on their bulletin board. Have kids give one to the teacher. Take some along when you walk the dog (possible dual use). Offer prison inmates a cigarette for a signature. Tell the kids they don't have to do their homework if they sign. Tell the mail man you will never let the dog out again if he / she signs. Ring doorbells and tell people they won the Readers Digest Sweepstakes (just sign here).Be creative. Be sneaky. Be determined. BE SUCCESSFUL"