Sunday, January 31, 2016

SB1440 introduced

On Friday, State Senator Griffin introduced Senate Bill 1440 (Mining and Mineral Museum Transfer).  It is a reintroduction of SB1200 from 2015, and will transfer mineral museum responsibilities from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey.

In 2015, SB1200 passed both House and Senate with nearly unanimous votes.  However, the Governor vetoed it claiming that there was inadequate planning to implement the transfer.

Extensive planning is supporting SB1440.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Proposed transfer for state geologist

Governor Ducey’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 transfers the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) to the University of Arizona effective July 1, 2016.

In the last legislative session, Senate Bill 1200 attempted to restore the mineral museum by transferring its assets to the AZGS. The bill received nearly unanimous support in both the House and senate, but the Governor vetoed it.

How the proposed transfer of AZGS would affect attempts to restore the mineral museum is unknown.