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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Stringer attorney: Ethics Committee can have documents with court order

PHOENIX -- The attorney for embattled state Rep. David Stringer said Thursday the Ethics Committee can have a document it is demanding -- if it goes to court.

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Rep. Stringer ordered to turn over files in 1983 sex arrest

The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday to require Rep. David Stringer, facing complaints about his remarks and a 1983 arrest on sex charges, to submit to an interview with attorneys and produce certain documents with no promise to keep the information secret.

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Arizona House passes bill to put more restrictions on voter registration

The state House voted Monday to create some new crimes for certain voter-registration activities in a move several lawmakers suggested will suppress voting, particularly by the young and minorities.

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Arizona legislation would bar cities, counties from regulating landlords

HB 2115 would leave untouched any ordinance that already was in place at the beginning of the year. But the measure, approved by the Senate Government Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote, says anything new would be strictly off limits.

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Arizona company hopes to create nation’s largest marijuana dispensary operation

PHOENIX -- An Arizona firm that already grows, processes and sells marijuana in multiple states is buying another company to create was will likely be the nation’s largest operation.

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Arizona’s GOP state senators block vote on ratifying ERA

PHOENIX -- A bid to force a vote on having Arizona ratify the Equal Rights Amendment faltered Wednesday when every Republican senator present refused to allow it.

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WITHOUT THE WALL: Study shows far fewer unauthorized immigrants living in Arizona than 10 years ago

There are a lot fewer people who are here illegally living in key Arizona metropolitan areas than there were a decade ago.

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Bill would crack down on 'party house' vacation rentals

HB 2672 would prohibit homeowners from allowing properties to be used for special events. Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said that will put an end to “party houses’’ where a home in a residential neighborhood suddenly becomes the site for dozens and dozens of guests.

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Scott Bales to retire from Arizona Supreme Court

PHOENIX -- Scott Bales, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court and the only remaining Democrat on the panel, announced he is retiring at the end of July.

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Arizona takes first step toward statewide ban on use of cellphones while driving

PHOENIX -- By a 2-1 margin the state Senate on Monday approved what would be Arizona’s first-ever universal ban on texting while driving.

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