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Arizona Texting-While-Driving Bill Sitting Idle At House Speaker's Request

Rusty Bowers
Bret Jaspers/KJZZ
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers.

Another Arizona legislative session is nearly finished and attempts to pass a no-texting-while-driving law may be driving off a cliff.

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee authored the bill specifically cracking down on drivers caught texting.

It has bi-partisan support, including Gov. Doug Ducey's promise to sign it. However, the bill is stalled under House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who also heads up a Republican caucus voting against the measure.

"I don't understand how you can look at these horrific deaths and injuries that are occurring at a greater and greater rate of speed and say, 'We don't need to do anything," asked McGee.

An amendment forbidding police to pull over drivers for texting alone was a non-starter for McGee, who said it guts the bill's purpose to mirror local laws already in play in cities around the state.

Another Senate bill, focusing on distracted drivers in general, has also stalled in the House.

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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.