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
8:14 am
Mon March 10, 2014

SB 1062 Proponents Met With Governor’s Staff Prior to Legislative Session

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

Top aides to Gov. Jan Brewer sought and got proponents of a “religious liberty” bill to make changes to SB 1062 — and then the Governor vetoed it more than a month later. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:55 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Newspapers in Arizona to Keep Incorporation Revenue, For Now

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Newspapers are not going to lose a government-mandated source of revenue, at least not this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Arizona House Votes for Five-Year Lifetime Cap on Medicaid

House Speaker Andy Tobin
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The state House voted Thursday to put a five-year lifetime cap on government-funded health care — but not on everyone. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislation Doing Away with the Common Core Killed in State Senate

Senate President Andy Biggs
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The state’s education standards will remain as is for now. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:04 am
Thu March 6, 2014

State House Votes to Bar Teens from Using Cell Phones While Driving

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The state House voted Wednesday to bar Arizona’s newest drivers from using their cell phones while driving. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains the measure.

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State Capitol News
3:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Planned Parenthood Sues to Block State Restrictions on Medication Abortions

President of Planned Parenthood Arizona Bryan Howard
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Planned Parenthood has filed suit in federal court to block new restrictions on medical abortions. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:23 am
Wed March 5, 2014

State Senate Votes to Scrap Common Core But Faces a Likely Veto

Sen. Al Melvin has led the effort to rid the state of the Common Core, but Gov. Jan Brewer could veto the legislation.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The state Senate voted Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools started putting in place just four years earlier. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

House Votes to Allow Unannounced Inspections of Abortion Clinics

Rep. Juan Mendez opposed the Arizona House's vote that allows unannounced inspections of abortion clinics.
Credit Photo by Mario Mendez, statepress.com.

The state House voted Tuesday to allow health officials to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting an administrative warrant. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Support for Gay Marriage Grows in Arizona

Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy
Credit Associated Press

A new survey today shows increasing public support for gay marriage — or at least something like it. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

House Approves Limited Ban on Teen Cell Phone Use While Driving

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New drivers may lose the ability to call their friends or send them text messages. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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