Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

Senate: GOV DPA 5-2-0-0 | 3rd Read 24-4-2-0
House: GE DP 12-0-0-1

SB 1497: Arizona America250 commission

Sponsor: Senator Leach, LD 11

House Engrossed


Creates, as session law, the Arizona America250 Commission.


The United States Semiquincentennial Commission was established in 2016 in order to inspire Americans to participate in the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.  The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission is charged to work with private and public entities across the United States to make America250 a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Americans (America250).


1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteEstablishes the Arizona America250 Commission (Commission) in order to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of the citizens of Arizona on the nation's past, present and future. (Sec. 1)

2.   Outlines the duties of the 11-member Commission. (Sec. 1)

3.   Directs the Commission to:

a)   Plan and implement an overall program for public awareness to celebrate and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States;

b)   Coordinate with local, state and federal agencies and private organizations on programs and projects to welcome and encourage national and international tourists;

c)   Consider any related programs and plans developed by private, local, state or federal groups;

d)   Conduct extensive public engagement, by December 31, 2026, to develop programs with other organizations, communities and agencies that may take place;

e)   Highlight the honors, achievements and innovations of Arizonans since before the founding of this state to the present day and showcase all counties;

f) Designate special committees with representatives from stakeholder groups to develop, plan and coordinate activities as outlined;

g)   Emphasize the service and sacrifices of veterans who have preserved American independence and freedom and encourage citizens of Arizona to honor them; and

h)   Celebrate and commemorate events and activities throughout Arizona. (Sec. 1)

4.   Requires the Commission, by December 31 of each year, to submit a report of the activities of the Commission to the Governor and the Legislature. (Sec. 1)

5.   Repeals the Commission on October 1, 2027. (Sec. 1)



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