By Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

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

Senate Bill 1200 by Republican Sen. Gail Griffin of Hereford transfers the stewardship of the museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey.

The bill allocates more than $428,000 for operation and maintenance costs in the budget year beginning July 1.

Griffin 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.

Legislative analysts estimate reopening the museum could cost more than $2 million.

The Senate passed the measure with overwhelming support Wednesday. It now moves to the governor’s office for signing.

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