Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hearing scheduled on Mineral Museum transfer bill

A hearing is set for Wednesday, February 10, in the Arizona Senate Government Committee for SB1440, the bill that would transfer the Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey.  The museum would be redesignated as the Arizona Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum.   [Right, view of the displays in the former mineral museum that closed in 2011.  Credit, Jan Rasmussen]

The hearing starts at 2 pm, in Senate Hearing Room 3 at the Capitol in Phoenix.   However, it is near the bottom of the list of 20 bills being heard, so it's not certain they will get through the entire agenda tomorrow.

A similar bill was approved by the Legislature last year but vetoed by the Governor over concerns about plans for opening the new museum.


3 comments:

  1. The Arizona Historical Society is actively opposing SB1440. This places the AHS in a very peculiar position.

    The AHS closed the mineral museum and scattered its contents across the state in clear violation of state statutes. Now, the AHS is lobbying against a bill that would bring an end to their illegal use of state property and state funds.

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  2. The Arizona State Government needs to investigate the Arizona Historical Society and their activities as regards the former Mining and Mineral Museum.

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    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      What they really need to do is cut the AHS budget by 20% next year and bring them into the real world of operating under a budget where they need to make correct decisions. A few less chiefs in the front office would be a good place to start.

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