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
4:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Republican Legislators Attempting to Limit Medicaid Access

House Speaker Andy Tobin
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Unable to block Medicaid expansion, Republican legislators are now trying a different approach. They want to impose new restrictions on who can get care, and for how long. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Revenge Porn Legislation Approved by House Committee

The Arizona Capitol Building
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State lawmakers voted this week to make criminals out of those who e-mail or post naked photos of friends and exes on the World Wide Web without their permission. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Brewer Fundraising for Republicans Who Supported Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer is out raising money to make good on her promise to protect the Republicans who supported her controversial Medicaid expansion plan. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:13 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Panel Votes to Shield Business Owners from Discrimination Suits

Rep. Martin Quezada (left)
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A House panel voted Tuesday to give individuals, and the businesses they own, more rights to refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

State Senate Panel Votes to Shut Out Federal Investigators

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A Senate panel voted Monday to block state and local police from using certain information they might get from federal agents despite claims it could lead to people dying in terrorist attacks. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Senate Panel Opens the Door to More Urban Fowl

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A Senate panel voted today to open the door to your neighbor raising chickens — whether you like it or not. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Gov. Brewer Building Funds to Elect Fellow Republicans

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer is building up her war chest to help elect like-minded Republicans to Congress. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Systematic Failure Found at Child Protective Services

Charles Flanagan, director of Child Safety and Family Services
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A special team named to find out what led to 6,500 cases of child abuse going uninvestigated concluded Friday there was a systematic failure requiring a total revamp of how the state handles child welfare. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

State Legislature Adds Additional Specialty License Plates

The guessing game you can play while driving — what state is that license plate from — could soon get a bit more difficult. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:30 am
Thu January 30, 2014

CPS Funding Approved, But is it Enough?

House Speaker Andy Tobin
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State lawmakers gave final approval this afternoon for additional funding for the new child welfare agency. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there was some grumbling.

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