Howard Fischer, for the Miner

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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State House votes to spend money on traffic signage

State law already spells out that motorists must drive on the right half of the road unless passing someone going in the same direction.

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Gas tax remains stable, counties have to raise road funds on their own

On a voice vote Monday, the Senate agreed to permit the state’s 13 rural counties, for the first time ever, to ask their voters whether they’re willing to impose a one-cent sales tax

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Health and Human Services Committee approves adding new requirements for abortion providers

Women who want an abortion would have to tell state health officials exactly why

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Committee approves measure to have lawmakers make Senate nominations

Claiming they’re being ignored by John McCain and Jeff Flake, Republican state legislators took the first steps Tuesday to allowing them – and not the voters – to choose who gets to run for the U.S. Senate.

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Senate panel calls minimum wage measure ‘morally wrong,’ puts it back on ballot for voter reconsideration

Calling the voter-approved measure morally wrong, a Republican-controlled Senate panel voted Monday to ask voters to reconsider the 2016 measure which is set to hike the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

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In-store shelf life of eggs could extend to six weeks

That expiration date on the side of the dozen eggs you buy at the supermarket could soon have a bit less meaning.

State Senate votes to exempt military pensions from state income tax

A tax break for military retirees has cleared a pair of significant hurdles.

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Arizona may ban texting while driving

Arizona may finally be ready to join the 47 other states who find the practice of texting while driving so dangerous that they have made it illegal.

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Education Committee earmarks $800K toward SAT, ACT prep

Arizona high schoolers may get a little bit of extra state help getting into the colleges of their choice.

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Arizona residents consumed 43 tons of legal weed in 2017

Arizonans smoked, ate, drank or otherwise consumed more than 43 tons of legal medical marijuana in the year just ended.

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