Saturday, March 21, 2015
Mineral Museum restoration bill derailed
The bill (SB1200) to restore the mineral museum and the K-12 earth science education programs is stalled near the end of the legislative session. An amendment to the bill provided one year of free rent ($360,000) on the state owned building to help defray start-up costs. Even though that change does not add any funding requirements to the state budget, it caused the bill to be diverted to the House Appropriations Committee where the issue is still unresolved.
If this technicality is not resolved before the Legislative session ends, at least another 40,000 children will be deprived of a lifetime learning experience. Surely this minor issue can be resolved somehow before the session ends. House representatives need to be prompted to give this urgently needed bill a bit of priority.