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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State seeks more stringent rules for initiative process

PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers are teeing up yet another measure designed to throw hurdles in the path of Arizonans who want to craft their own laws.

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Lawmakers seek enhanced auto liability insurance coverage

PHOENIX -- Arizona motorists are one step closer to having to buy more auto insurance than many of them already purchase.

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Report: School choice vouchers will cost millions

Proposed state bill could cost taxpayers $24.5 million by 2020

Making vouchers universally available to pay for all children to attend private and parochial schools will actually increase costs to the state according to legislative budget analysis and not result in a savings as its prime sponsor is claiming.

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Vote to legalize marijuana could be back in 2018

Voters may get another chance next year to legalize marijuana use by adults.

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Supreme Court to consider legality of increased minimum wage

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a voter-approved hike in the state minimum wage is legal.

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Legislators ask appeals court to void mechanism that helps Arizonans receive free, low-cost health care

PHOENIX – Current and former legislators asked the state Court of Appeals Tuesday to void the financing mechanism that enables more than 400,000 Arizonans to get free or low-cost health care.

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Arizona Board of Regents to remain intact – for now

PHOENIX – The Arizona Board of Regents will remain intact -- and with all its powers -- at least for the time being.

Senate panel approves alternate methods to raise money for road repair

PHOENIX – Unable to find the legislative votes for a statewide gas tax hike, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved a package of alternate methods to raise money for needed road construction and repair.

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Senate wants to put brakes on cell phone use by teen drivers

Measure would apply only to drivers with learner’s permits

Arizona lawmakers may finally be ready to impose some limits on driving and cell phone use -- even if just slightly.

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Law allowing production of industrial hemp moves forward in State Senate

State senators took the first steps Monday evening to allowing Arizona farmers to grow industrial hemp.

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