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The Arizona Archaeological Council is a non-profit voluntary association that promotes the goals of professional archaeology in Arizona.

Dedicated to preserving cultural resources through education and advocacy, the Council embraces a diverse membership drawing from avocationalists, academics, private business, local communities and federal, state and tribal agencies.

Arizona Legislature introduces legislation to restore the Arizona Heritage Fund

Arizona Senator Kate Brophy-McGee (R, D-28, Phoenix) and Representative Kirsten Engel (D, D-10, Tucson) have introduced a pair of bipartisan bills to restore the Arizona Heritage Fund. The Arizona Archaeological Council (AAC), a non-profit organization of more than 200 heritage professionals, avocationalists, and enthusiasts strongly supports this legislation.

Enacted by voters in 1990, the Heritage Fund allocated $10 million of State lottery proceeds annually to benefit historic preservation and archaeology. The fund was swept into the General Fund in 2010 and eliminated by the Arizona legislature in 2011. According to the Arizona Republic, 224 heritage jobs were supported by the fund and the economic impact of fund-supported parks and projects added $226 million dollars to the state's economy each year.

Senate Bill 1241 and companion House Bill 2390 would restore the fund as mandated by the people of Arizona and would, if passed as currently drafted, provide for $10 million dollars of investment in Arizona's Heritage.

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