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
4:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Legislation Underway to Draw Hollywood Filming to Arizona

"Raising Arizona"
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A Senate panel took steps today to help ensure that the next Hollywood film featuring this state is actually filmed here. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains

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State Capitol News
8:48 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Debate Underway as to Whether Statewide Taxes Should Pay for Big Events

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
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Lawmakers are poised to debate whether taxpayers everywhere, from Page to Nogales and Yuma to St. Johns, should help Glendale pay its costs for hosting next year’s Super Bowl. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer takes a closer look.

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State Capitol News
8:23 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmakers Make Move to Boost Child Protective Services Funds

Division of Child Safety and Family Services director Charles Flanagan
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A Senate panel voted Tuesday to provide more funds for the state’s child welfare agency. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there were objections.

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State Capitol News
9:37 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmakers Aim to Ease Restrictions on Growing Industrial Hemp

An industrial hemp farm
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It may not be any good for smoking. But, some lawmakers want the state to remove a legal hurdle that now keeps farmers from growing hemp. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:56 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Health Officials Want Restricted Use of Abortion-Inducing Drugs

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State health officials formally moved today to enact new abortion restrictions, including one that could make the procedure more expensive. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:33 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wolf-Kill Reimbursement Raises Hackles of Ranchers

Mexican gray wolf
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A northern Arizona lawmaker wants to put the state in charge of giving out federal dollars to ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Arizona Lawmakers Want District-Drawing Power Back from Voters

The Arizona State Capitol
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State lawmakers went to federal court today to try to wrest back from voters the right to draw congressional districts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:54 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Committee Votes for More Transparency with Legislature and Special Interests

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The Senate Government and Environment Committee voted Thursday to stop lawmakers from accepting free tickets from lobbyists to sporting events. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Arizona Jobless Rate Drops But Growth Still Anemic

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The state’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent last month. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that's only part of the picture.

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State Capitol News
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Former California Congressman Announces Bid for Arizona Governor

Former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs filed paperwork Wednesday to launch his bid to become the Republican nominee for governor.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The field of Republicans who want to be governor became more crowded Wednesday, with the latest entry being a former California congressman. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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