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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Arizona Department of Health to license ‘sober living’ homes

Without dissent the House Health Committee agreed Thursday to have the Department of Health Services license the facilities that have popped up in the past few years around the state. HB 2529 now goes to the full House.

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Gov. Ducey: Don’t ‘politicize’ Florida school shooting

Three years into office, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he has no clear idea of how to prevent mass shootings at schools.

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State senate votes to require specificity from women when terminating pregnancies

State senators voted Thursday to require women be asked more specific questions before terminating a pregnancy over the objections of one lawmaker who said "the Catholic Church does not need to know why I am getting an abortion.''

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Arizona House agrees to levy new vehicle fee

Arizona motorists could fund what amounts to a $120 million infusion into road construction and repairs.

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Weapons on college campuses makes it past House

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are a step closer to being able to carry some kinds of weapons on the campuses of public colleges and universities.

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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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