No other state agency could successfully operate a museum because that is the AHS mission and they excel at it.Given the ever declining attendance at AHS museums, the claim is preposterous. It also reveals an inability to even comprehend and recognize competence and excellence. SB1200 would have transferred mineral museum assets to the Arizona Geological Survey. An independent description of the AZGS follows:
Sunday, May 10, 2015
During the public hearings on SB1200, the few AHS supports kept parroting the following ludicrous talking point:
The Arizona Geological Survey is a leader among state surveys. For instance, last year the Arizona Geological Survey received an $18 million grant from the Department of Energy to lead a coalition of 46 state geologic surveys and universities to study the geothermal resources of the United States.
In April of 2011, the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources was deactivated and its duties transferred to the Arizona Geological Survey. These duties include maintaining a repository of mineral and mining information, including databases, books, periodicals, individual mine files, mine map repository files, mining district data and an archive of mine data; and providing quality mining data, evaluation, and assistance relating to mineral development to the legislature, federal, state and local governmental agencies, industry, and the public.