Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation making copper the official metal of the state of Arizona. [Right, copper plates produced in Arizona. Credit, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold]
According to the announcement from the governor's office, Senate Bill 1441 was sponsored by State Senator Steve Smith after a
fourth-grade class at Copper Creek Elementary School in Tucson had the
idea and reached out to him about it.
“These students helped create a bill that had bipartisan support and
will now be forever part of Arizona’s history,” said Governor Ducey. “A
crucial driver of our economy, copper is represented on our state seal
and is one of Arizona’s ‘5 C’s’ along with climate, cattle, citrus and
Arizona produces nearly 2/3 of all the copper used in the U.S.
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