Howard Fischer

State Capitol Reporter

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government news since 1982, the last 19 years for Capitol Media Services.  Prior to that, he had been Associate Editor for Phoenix Business Journal, New Times, and the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Sun and Managing Editor of the Bisbee Daily Review.  In addition to reporting for KNAU, Howard also reports for daily and weekly news institutions around the state.  Fischer and his wife, Gabe, live in Laveen, an as yet unincorporated community on the southwest edge of Phoenix.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu April 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Move Forward on Wolf-Killing Bills

A male Mexican gray wolf in his pen prior to being released last year in Arizona.
Credit Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic

State lawmakers moved on two fronts Wednesday to let ranchers shoot the Mexican gray wolves being reintroduced to the Southwest despite their listing under federal law as endangered. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

State Legislature Could Expand School Voucher System

Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar
Credit Emily Johnson, cronkitenewsonline.com

Up to 120,000 more youngsters living in low-income neighborhoods could soon qualify for taxpayer-funded tuition to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Fowl Measure Killed in State House

Credit hgtv.com

Local regulations that keep your neighbor from having a yard full of fowl are safe. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains today’s vote.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gov. Brewer Signs Abortion-Clinic Inspection Legislation

President of Planned Parenthood Arizona Bryan Howard
Credit nydailynews.com

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday allowing unannounced, warrantless inspections of abortion clinics. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed April 16, 2014

State Senate Poised to Approve Gun Expansion Bill

Sen. Steve Gallardo
Credit nbcnews.com

More than 200,000 people who have state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons would be able to bring them into most public buildings under terms of a bill given preliminary Senate approval Tuesday. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Horne Cleared of Campaign Finance Violation

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A state administrative law judge ruled Monday that Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:14 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

State Budget Finalized, but with a Few Conditions

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit azcentral.com

Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval this afternoon to a new $9.2 billion spending plan — but not before using her constitutional power to excise it of some items she doesn’t like. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Governor Signs Tax Break Bill Limited to Just Two Industries

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit politico.com

Gov. Jan Brewer is defending a $17 million tax break she signed today for two kind of businesses and only two kinds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Lawmakers May OK a New Kind of Vehicle

Flagstaff's own quadricycle, the Alpine Pedaler.
Credit Dawn Kish, arizonahighways.com

State lawmakers are on the verge of licensing a whole new kind of vehicle. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit msnbc.com

Wednesday’s party-line Senate vote to allow unannounced warrantless inspections of abortion clinics leaves only one hurdle before the measure becomes law — Governor Jan Brewer. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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