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
8:00 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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State Capitol News
10:24 am
Thu March 13, 2014

State House Votes to Permit Guns into Many Public Buildings

Rep. Victoria Steele opposes the bill that would allow guns in many public buildings in the state.
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The state House voted Wednesday to let anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon bring it into many public buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:12 am
Thu March 13, 2014

State Senate Moves to Let Schools Opt Out of Common Core

Senate President Andy Biggs
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Unable to kill outright the Common Core standards they dislike, state senators now are moving to let schools opt out. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
10:04 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Groups Ask Court to Block State from Banning Race and Gender-Based Abortions

Rep. Steve Montenegro
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Saying the law stigmatizes their races, members of two groups asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to block the state from banning race and gender-based abortions. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:03 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Gov. Brewer Won’t Seek Reelection

Gov. Jan Brewer announces Wednesday she won't try to seek a legally questionable third term in office but promises to stay active in politics.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer made it official this morning: She will not try to see a legally questionable third term. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:15 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Lawmakers Move to Change State Fruit Tax

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State lawmakers are moving to put apples and pears on equal footing, at least for tax purposes. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:25 am
Tue March 11, 2014

State House Votes to Outlaw ‘Revenge Porn’

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Saying the Internet is forever, the state House unanimously approved legislation Monday to make it illegal to intentionally post someone else’s naked photo online.

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State Capitol News
10:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Immigrant Rights Groups Fight SB 1070 Harboring and Transporting Provision

The Arizona border with Mexico
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Attorneys for immigrant rights groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to rebuff a last-ditch attempt by the state to start prosecuting people for harboring and transporting those not in the country legally. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
10:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lawmakers Create Special Exemptions in Animal Cruelty Laws

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State lawmakers voted Monday to create special exemptions from cruelty laws for farmers and ranchers despite complaints the measure would ease penalties on those who abuse and beat farm animals to death. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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