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
4:12 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.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

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
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

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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State Capitol News
4:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

State Senate Gives Nod to New Department of Child Safety

Department of Child Safety head Charles Flanagan.
Credit Charlie Leight/The Republic

State senators voted Wednesday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there was some debate about the details.

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State Capitol News
4:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Lawmakers Continue to Debate CPS Overhaul

State Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

State lawmakers spent the day today picking apart the plan to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Court Upholds State Ban on Spa Fish

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Yes, it’s true. Certain kind of fish can do a pedicure — just not in this state, at least not legally. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:13 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Legislature Debates CPS Funding in Special Session

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee (left) with Gov. Jan Brewer.
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Lawmakers began a special session this afternoon focused on child welfare. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, those who want to do more now to prevent abuse and neglect in the first place are going to have to wait.

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State Capitol News
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

State Lawmakers To Consider Child Welfare Overhaul

Gov. Jan Brewer
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State lawmakers return to the Capitol today to consider the plan by Gov. Jan Brewer for a new child welfare agency. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:08 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Green Party Fighting for Inclusion on Arizona Ballot

A federal judge has rebuffed a last-minute bid by the Green Party to get itself and its candidates on this year’s ballot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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