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Arizona House Speaker Looks At Legislative Culture Toward Sexual Harassment

With embattled state Representative Don Shooter now suspended as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, House Speaker JD Mesnard is looking inward at the full legislature's conduct.

While he would not condemn Shooter outright, Mesnard admitted allegations came as no surprise considering the dismissive culture, in general, toward sexual harassment at the capitol.

"Clearly we have probably tolerated things in the past that we shouldn't have," Mesnard said.

As people stand up and allegations mount, Mesnard has taken a wider look.

"This is bigger than the Arizona House of Representatives. This is bigger than Representative Shooter," he said.

Going forward, Mesnard said things will change, beginning with ethics training for lawmakers and staff.

"If there is any suggestion that in the past we may have just rolled our eyes at something or ignored something, we're going to be much more strict," Mesnard said.

The Speaker has appointed a panel of seven House staffers to review the allegations, not just against Shooter, but anyone else in the House who has received complaints of harassment.

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.