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Arizona GOP Lawmakers Move To Make It Easier For Landlords To Evict Tenants

Arizona's Republican lawmakers plan to shut the door on cities and towns wanting to protect home renters from landlord evictions.

With the passage of two bills on Monday, GOP members with the Senate Government Committee set out to, firstly, make it illegal for cities and towns to pass local regulations, then approved tenant evictions by landlords regardless of good faith attempts to make partial payments by either the tenant, an outside social service or church.

"The fact that different cities have different regulations is a good thing," Alex Vidal, with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, tried to warn the committee.

Drawing an example between Yuma and Phoenix, he told the committee, "the heat might be a big concern so ... they might want to put something in requiring air conditioning and a specific temperature that you need to keep it."

He also told lawmakers that their decision comes as Arizona's affordable housing supply has fallen to the third worst in the nation.

Both bills head to the full state Senate for a vote.

Ken Strobeck, the executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, is an opposing voice and joined The Show to explain why.

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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.