Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Legislature's Sunset Review will decide if AZGS continues

The statutory authorization for the Arizona Geological Survey ends June 30, 2012. The Arizona Legislature is beginning a Sunset Review of AZGS to determine if the agency should be continued, revised, consolidated, or terminated at that time. This is standard procedure for all state agencies, commissions, and boards.

A Committee of Reference has been formed, co-chaired by Sen. John Nelson and Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, that is reviewing AZGS goals, objectives, and accomplishments. The committee will make a recommendation to the full Legislature no later than December 1, 2011, on our future. The Legislature will then take action when they convene in January 2012. The Survey could be extended for up to 10 years.

AZGS responded this week to a set of 17 questions from the Committee about our efficiency, productivity, achievement of goals, and possible options to privatize Survey functions, or consolidate AZGS with other state bodies. The Committee of Reference will hold at least one public hearing on the future of AZGS, probably in September or October. This will allow an opportunity for you to weigh in with your opinions or recommendations about the Survey.

I'll post updates here and on the AZGS web site about the hearing date and developments.

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