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
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.
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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
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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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State Capitol News
8:07 am
Mon March 3, 2014

State Education Spending for Instruction at Low Point

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A new report shows fewer and fewer dollars going into educating students in public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
9:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

State House Votes to Allow Unannounced Inspections at Abortion Clinics

Rep. Debbie Lesko is a supporter of allowing unannounced inspections of abortion clinics. A federal court ruled a similar 2004 bid unconstitutional.
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Ignoring a virtually certain lawsuit, the state House voted Thursday to let health officials conduct unannounced inspection at abortion clinics. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:39 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Gov. Brewer Vetoes SB 1062

Gov. Jan Brewer details Wednesday why she vetoed legislation that proponents said would prevent religious discrimination.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Rejecting last minute pleas from its supporters, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed late Wednesday controversial legislation billed as protecting religious freedom. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State House Panel Votes to Arm One Person Per School

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A House panel voted Wednesday to let schools designate one employee at each site to be able to have access to a gun. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:33 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

SB 1062 Author Makes a Final Appeal to the Governor for Bill Passage

Sen. Steve Yarbrough, sponsor of SB 1062, talks with reporters Wednesday after he met with Gov. Jan Brewer to convince her to sign the legislation.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The author of the controversial legislation about religion and discrimination made a last-ditch effort this afternoon to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to sign it. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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