PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona lawmakers are proposing legislation to provide state funding for the Tucson memorial commemorating the victims and survivors of the shooting that targeted former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Republican Rep. Todd Clodfelter is the main sponsor of the bill that calls for $2.5 million in state funds for Tucson's January 8th Foundation. The bill would spread that money over a span of five years.
Jared Lee Loughner killed six and injured Giffords and 12 others on Jan. 8, 2011. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Clodfelter says the memorial will provide a chance to celebrate the lives of those involved and create unity across the state.
The January 8th Memorial is expected to be completed in 2018.