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
8:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Environmental Official Asks Lawmakers to Rescind Greenhouse Gas Regulation Block

Henry Darwin, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality, details for lawmakers Tuesday why they should remove a 2010 restriction that bars his agency from coming up with plans to reduce greenhouse gases.
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The state’s top environmental official asked lawmakers Monday to remove a restriction they placed on his agency just four years ago blocking it from regulating greenhouse gases. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:27 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Maricopa Prosecutor Says ICE May Be Violating Child Abuse Laws

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Maricopa County’s top prosecutor is warning immigration officials they may be violating child abuse laws. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:35 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Humble Evaluates Edible Medical Marijuana Regulations

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top health official is weighing new regulations on what medical marijuana patients need to be told about edible versions of the drug — and when enough is enough. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:48 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Health Director’s Medical Marijuana Denial Ruled Illegal

State Health Director Will Humble
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An administrative law judge has ruled that state Health Director Will Humble acted illegally in denying access to medical marijuana to people — many of them former soldiers — suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:46 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

State Department of Corrections Faces Class-Action Lawsuit

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A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead today for a class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:31 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Website Ranks Care Quality of State Hospitals and Care Providers

State Health Director Will Humble
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There’s some new information now available online to help you choose a hospital both by quality of care — and what it will cost you. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Members of Arizona’s Solar-Power Industry Protest Leased-Panel Tax

Barry Goldwater Jr., co-chair of an organization sponsored by rooftop solar leasing companies, decries a Department of Revenue interpretation of state laws that the leases are taxable.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Calling it unfair — and fearing loss of business — the state’s solar industry rallied at the Capitol today to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to overrule a decision by her Department of Revenue that the rooftop panels they lease to customers are taxable. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Appeals Court Keeps Arizona’s Abortion Restrictions on Hold

Cathi Herrod of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy.
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A federal appeals court this morning issued an injunction blocking the state from telling doctors how they can and cannot use certain drugs for abortions. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:11 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Horne Responds to Reelection Violation Claims

Attorney General Tom Horne
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Attorney General Tom Horne struck back this afternoon at a former employee who filed complaints with two state agencies saying she and others were working on his reelection campaign during business hours. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Brewer Finalizes the Creation of the Department of Child Safety

House Speaker Andy Tobin and Charles Flanagan, director of the new Department of Child Safety, cheer Gov. Jan Brewer for signing legislation to create the agency and boost funding.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation this afternoon creating a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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