Howard Fischer

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

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Gov. Ducey’s signature all that’s left to boost civil forfeiture links to crime

Gov. Doug Ducey is going to get the last word on whether Arizona tightens up the ability of police and prosecutors to seize property.

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Proposed riot racketeering law fizzles

Legislation to expand the state’s racketeering and conspiracy statutes to include rioting is dead, at least for this year.

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Arizona legislators talking about longer terms

Saying it will lead to greater continuity, more stability and less campaigning, the president of the Arizona Senate wants four-year terms for state lawmakers.

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Gas tax moving forward in state legislature

State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to asking voters to hike what they pay every time they fill up their cars and trucks.

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Sales tax exemption bill attracts bipartisan support

State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to potentially eliminating exemptions from sales taxes that now cost the state more than $12 billion a year.

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Lawmakers target teen drivers, texting

State lawmakers are moving to keep cell phones out of the hands of the newest drivers while behind the wheel.

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State lawmaker wants to keep most students from voting

When Rep. Bob Thorpe ran for re-election in November, the areas in around the Northern Arizona University campus were among his lowest vote tallies.

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State of the State: Ducey promises more money for education

Gov. Doug Ducey promised today to put more money into public education than legally required.

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Obamacare quick repeal may harm Arizonans, Ducey says

Saying he fears harm to Arizonans, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday urged Congress to not rush repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Arizona Corporation Commission swears in new members amidst controversies

State utility regulators swore in a new member Tuesday and elected a new chairman amid controversies that could mean open warfare on the panel.

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