Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Chance to fix mineral collection mess
The following excerpts are from a Monday, October 17, 2011 post on http://arizonageology.blogspot.com/
The Arizona Legislature's Committee of Reference voted unanimously this afternoon to endorse continuation of the Arizona Geological Survey for 10 years, the maximum allowed by law. The recommendation will be drafted into legislation that will be presented to the full Legislature in January.
AZGS's statutory authority expires on June 30, 2012, and the public hearing today was to decide whether to renew, terminate, or merge the Survey.
Senator Jack Jackson commented that the large outpouring of support for the Survey made it easier for the Committee to come to their decision. He noted that no other agencies going through their own Sunset Reviews had this kind of public support from their constituencies.
The upcoming legislation presents an opportunity to fix part of the mess the Legislature made previously with the Arizona Centennial Museum bill. The new AZGS bill should include a provision transferring the Arizona mineral collection from the Arizona Historical Society to the AZGS. That would preserve the scientific value of the collection by reuniting it with the supporting data consisting of over a hundred years of mine and mineral records.