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
9:41 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State Senate Panel Votes to Allow Tesla to Sell Vehicles Directly to Consumers

Would-be shoppers check out the all-electric Tesla at the company's Scottsdale showroom where, under current law, they cannot actually buy the vehicle. Legislation approved by a Senate panel would let the company sell directly to consumers in Arizona.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Calling the approach and the product innovative, a state Senate panel voted Wednesday to let Tesla Motors finally start selling its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers here. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
12:47 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Federal Judge Clears Path for Proof of Citizenship at the Polls

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A federal judge today ordered the Election Assistance Commission to require state residents to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:28 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Appeals Court Mulls Constitutionality of Arizona Bail Ban

The Arizona-Mexico border
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An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to void a state constitutional provision denying bail to some people awaiting trial who are in this country illegally. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:08 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Chicken-Keeping Bill Advances in the Arizona House

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Cities could soon lose their right to restrict people from keeping chickens and any other types of fowl in their yards. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Senate Budget $200 Million Less Than What Gov. Brewer Sought

Senate President Andy Biggs
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Senate Republicans unveiled their own $9.1 billion spending plan Monday. But, it already is getting a cool reception from Gov. Jan Brewer who sought about $200 million more. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Independents Now Represent Largest Voting Group in Arizona

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A new report shows independents now outnumber registered Republicans and Democrats in the state. But Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that could actually mean greater political polarization.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Arizona Public Schools Willing to Settle Prop 301 Lawsuit

State schools chief John Huppenthal
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Public schools are willing to settle a lawsuit over state funding for a fraction of what they say they're owed. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there’s some balking.

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State Capitol News
3:13 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

State Hospital Fixes Problems, Keeps Federal Dollars

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The state hospital is no longer in danger of losing its federal accreditation — or millions of dollars. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

State House Votes to Further Criminalize Gun Theft

Rep. Brenda Barton says heightening gun-theft penalties is a preventative measure.
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It’s already a crime to take someone’s gun from them. But, that did not stop the state House Thursday from making it a double crime. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Push Ruling

Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors, a couple since college, explain Thursday why they are part of a newly filed effort to get a federal judge to rule that they have a legal right to wed despite a voter-approved state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Unwilling to wait for a 2016 vote, advocates for same-sex marriage asked a federal judge today to rule the state's ban is illegal. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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