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Arizona Bill Could Make It A Misdemeanor To Ride Without ID

A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature could make it a misdemeanor to hop in a car, as a passenger, without proper identification.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Kathleen Mayer argued that requiring all passengers carry proper identification could help officers when they suspect a passenger is acting illegally.

House Bill 2305 prompted plenty of questions from members on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Wednesday.

Democrat Representative Jesus Rubalcava pointed out how easily the law could be abused.

“I have a problem with the severity of criminalizing individuals based on not being able to show an ID, simply just by being in the passenger seat of a car without a seat belt," Rubalcava said.

 "There has to be a reasonable suspicion to stop you. And the law already requires you, as the driver, to have a driver's license," said Mayer. "If everyone is buckled in when an officer pulls a vehicle over, and they're not doing anything wrong, they cannot be compelled to provide identification."

The committee voted to pass the passenger ID bill, but warned it may not have the same members' support if nothing is changed to protect passengers' civil rights before it goes to the House floor for a full vote.

As it’s currently written, passengers found without an ID could face up to four months in jail and a $750 fine.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that the bill would make riding without an ID a misdemeanor.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.