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Resolution For Parity In Arizona Petition Gathering Could Make Voter Initiatives More Difficult

Supporters behind an Arizona proposal requiring petitioners collect signatures proportionately from all 30 legislative districts say it would level the playing field between urban and rural communities.

"This common-sense measure requires organizers who intend to pass permanent legislation or constitutional amendments that impact the entire state to have the buy-in representation of the entire state and demonstrate support from more than just a couple of urban centers,” said Sen. Sine Kerr of Buckeye, the author of one bill mirroring another in the House.

But, Sandy Bahr with the Grand Canyon Chapter Sierra Club reminded supporters it took an initiative to give Arizona women the right to vote back in 1912. And, tougher restrictions would have kept other meaningful, but controversial legislation from passing.

"Banning leg-hold traps, snares and poisons on public land,” she rattled off as examples she has faced while lobbying for environmental causes, “[The] Legislature wouldn't address it,” and, she continued, “Advocates of banning cockfighting tried for 50 years to get the legislature to do something.”

Supporters argue that even if the resolution passes both the House and Senate, it would need a majority of voters to ratify it on the 2020 ballot for it to become a law.

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.