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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Arizona prisons illegally read inmate mail, 9th Circuit rules

For the second time in three years, a federal appeals court has declared illegal the methods used by state prison officials to check mail sent to their attorneys.

Petition started to fight vouchers for all Arizona students

Arizona voters may get the last word on making vouchers available to all students.

Effort to halt citizen initiative changes takes shape

Two former politicians are moving to overturn the decision by the Republican-controlled legislature to make it more difficult for voters to propose their own laws.

Legislature moves to defund Planned Parenthood

Republican legislative leaders are using a provision buried in the state budget in their latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Old corporate tax cuts weigh heavy in AZ budget

The $9.82 billion state budget is being billed by Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey as the best outcome given the money the state has to spend.

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State’s new drivers will have texting law to contend with in 2018

Saying sometimes parental admonitions are not always enough, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday that will make it illegal for the state’s newest drivers to use their cell phones by behind the wheel.

State awards first loan guarantees to privately owned charter schools

The state has awarded the first two loan guarantees to privately owned charter schools in a program that has raised questions about its legality.

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State bill affecting local gun sales passes House

State lawmakers are making yet another bid to keep cities from requiring background checks when guns are sold from one person to another.

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House OKs county billboard legislation, goes back to Senate

The state House voted Thursday to open areas of Mohave County to electronic billboards.

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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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