Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SB1200 makes further progress

This morning, the House Appropriation Committee held a public hearing on SB1200. A video of the hearing will be available on soon.

The bill passed by a vote of 10 to 1 with 3 representatives absent.  The representative casting the lone no vote challenged the AZGS ability to manage a museum. She was informed that the AZGS merged with the agency that formerly managed the mineral museum, and therefore had museum management experience at least equal to that of AHS.

An AHS representative presented the same alibi for the third time.  The whole mess is due to the recession which prevented the AHS from funding their grand plan. That story suggests a question.

Has the AHS ever raised the funding for one of their grandiose plans, in either a good economy or a bad economy?

What about the $85 million History Museum at Rio Nuevo?

What about the $25 million Marley Center Museum?




  1. Why can't Dr, Ann Woosley or Bill Ponder appear in front of the Legislators? Who else can best represent their own agency? Who else can explain the role of the agency?

    1. I believe, but may be wrong, that those directly involved and employed by the state cannot stand up and give a speech. That is why a lawyer , lobbyist or supporters speak for the agency. They can be questioned by the committee if present. May be wrong.

    2. Well they sure have picked a good one!