Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

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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APS pricetag to influence elections totals $10 million

PHOENIX -- Claiming a “commitment to transparency,’’ the state’s largest electric utility on detailed more than $10 million it spent in the last two years to directly and indirectly influence elections and gave to other organizations to lobby.

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Senate president puts brakes on plan for tougher limits on firing weapons within city limits

PHOENIX -- The president of the state Senate is quashing legislation that would have made it harder to prosecute people for firing off weapons within city limits.

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Appeals Court upholds expansion of state AHCCCS program

PHOENIX -- The expansion of the state's health care program to 400,000 Arizonans and the levy to fund it are legal, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

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'Electronic firearm tracking technology' in bulls-eye of state lawmakers

PHOENIX -- Calling the technology a method of gun control, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to preclude any mandate that Arizonans have to purchase "smart'' guns.

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Appeals Court upholds state limits on marijuana for PTSD

PHOENIX -- The state Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the limits enacted by the Department of Health Services on when doctors can recommend marijuana to patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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Giffords urges lawmakers to enact reasonable gun restrictions

PHOENIX -- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly have a message for Arizona lawmakers: Enact reasonable gun restrictions or we'll help elect people who will.

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Lawmakers want to outlaw paid initiative circulators

PHOENIX -- Arguing the process is considered by some to be "rife with fraud,'' Republican lawmakers advanced legislation imposing a new hurdle in the ability of citizen groups to propose their own laws.

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Ducey supports extending sales tax after 2020 to fund schools

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is finally willing to talk about keeping public schools from falling off a financial cliff after 2020. And it involves a word at which he normally blanches: taxes.

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Drink up; state wants to up the ante on Series 7 liquor licenses

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to make sure that thirsty Arizonans can get a glass of wine or beer when they’re thirsty -- especially at a barbershop, beauty parlor or spa.

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State senator claims colleague crossed ethical boundary during floor debate

PHOENIX -- A veteran state lawmaker could face an ethics probe following comments he made last week in an unsuccessful bid to get colleagues to vote for a controversial bill.

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