- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill to reopen the Mining and Mineral Museum that closed in 2011.

The proposal would transfer the stewardship of the museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey and allocate more than $428,000 for operation and maintenance costs in the budget year beginning July 1.

Republican Sen. Gail Griffin of Hereford says the Arizona Historical Society is already spending money earmarked for the museum on the empty building so it might as well use it to educate children and adults.

Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe said the museum will give students a chance to learn about important aspects of Arizona history.

Senate Bill 1200 passed on a 20-9 vote Wednesday and now moves to the House.

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