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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Sidewalk delivery robots are on the way

Coming soon to a sidewalk near you: 200 pound autonomous delivery robots. Without comment, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on Wednesday authorizing these devices to use sidewalks.

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Lawmakers attempting to bring Gov. Ducey back to the gun laws table

Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Unemployed must accept job in 4 weeks or lose benefits

Arizonans who don’t take pretty much any job after being out of work for at least four weeks will lose their unemployment benefits.

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Gov. Doug Ducey talks sports betting in Arizona

The governor said Tuesday he wants to “maintain the culture and flavor of our state’’ in deciding who should get the right to offer wagering on professional and amateur sports.

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Ballot measure could take away parts of Clean Elections Act

In a new lawsuit, Louis Hoffman contends the referendum put on the November ballot by GOP lawmakers asks voters to make two changes to the law on public financing of political campaigns.

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Sports betting now allowed in all states, Supreme Court rules

In a 6-3 decision the justices struck down a 1992 federal law which dictated that most states cannot allow such wagering.

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Arizona company fined, banned for illegal telemarketing calls

The owners of Desert Valley Aire Inc. have agreed to $340,000 in civil fines to end a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office. The company, which has offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott, admitted to making at least 25,000 illegal telemarketing calls from 2011 to 2015.

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Arizona Supreme Court decides companies have no liability for ‘take-home’ asbestos

Arizona companies have no duty to protect family members from exposure to toxic materials their employees bring home on their work clothes, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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Politics intervened in Gov. Ducey’s school safety plan

Even before Ducey could get his proposal printed up, the governor had to jettison some key provisions because of GOP criticism.

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Judge upholds bringing ballots to polls for others a felony

Rayes also rebuffed a bid by challengers to force counties to count the votes of those who cast their ballots at the wrong polling place.

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