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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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House votes to keep edible marijuana legal in Arizona

A House committee voted Wednesday to ensure that edible forms of marijuana remain legal in Arizona, no matter what the Arizona Supreme Court decides.

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Senators vote to create special tuition, most for 'dreamers'

Courting a possible lawsuit, state senators voted Wednesday to direct the Board of Regents and community college boards to create a special tuition for those who graduate from Arizona high schools but don't qualify as in-state residents.

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Proposed law allows police to pull you over for not wearing a seat belt

If Rep. Bob Thorpe gets his way police will no longer need an excuse to pull over a motorist who isn't buckled up.

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Bill would extend privacy for lottery winners

The next big winner of the Arizona Lottery could be “none of your business."

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Water legislation pulled, future of drought plan unclear

House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday withdrew his legislation that would have repealed state laws on when farmers forfeit their water rights – legislation that the Gila River Indian Community said would cause it to withdraw from the multi-state drought contingency plan.

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House Speaker forges ahead with drought contingency plan

HB 2476, set for a hearing Tuesday before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water, would eliminate that automatic forfeiture.

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Kingmanites may lose right to raise taxes for a band

The statute says if 10 percent of voters in any city or town sign a petition, the council has to put a measure on the ballot asking to create a band fund. And the levy, if approved, could be as high as one mill a year.

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Lawmakers, business leaders aiming to add requirements to initiative process

SB 1451, approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would impose new requirements on paid circulators and the organizations that hire them to collect signatures.

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End around voter-rejected school vouchers in Senate committee

Rejecting claims they are ignoring the will of voters, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to alter the rules governing the use of vouchers of state dollars by parents to send their children to private and parochial schools.

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Lawmaker wants to know what cellphones are collecting and when

Rep. Kelly Townsend says she knows her phone is watching and listening to her, even when she is not talking on it.

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