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
10:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Gov. Brewer Vetoes Gun Bill

Credit safetysign.com

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed some people to bring their guns into public buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:22 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Court Rules That Lawmakers Can Still Challenge Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer
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The state Court of Appeals ruled today that lawmakers on the losing end of last year's Medicaid expansion fight have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the levy it imposes. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:14 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

State Supreme Court Changes Marijuana DUI Regulations

Credit time.com

Motorists who smoke marijuana can’t be charged with driving while impaired without actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled today. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:37 am
Tue April 22, 2014

SB 1070 Legal Defense Funds Running Dry

The border wall between Arizona and Mexico
Credit Michel Marizco, KPBS

The donations to defend the state’s controversial 2010 immigration law are running out. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer took a closer look.

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State Capitol News
10:27 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Legislation Eliminates Offensive Terms from State Verbiage

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State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to eliminating words from state laws — words that some find offensive. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
2:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses to Let State Enforce Immigraiton Provision

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to let the state start enforcing another provision of its controversial 2010 immigration law. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:38 am
Mon April 21, 2014

State Senate Debates a Space Tourism Port

Credit wired.com

The Senate is set to take up legislation today designed to pave the way for a space port in the state. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Health Care Could Dry Up for Arizona's Long-term Unemployed

State House Speaker Andy Tobin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

More than 140,000 of the state's long-term unemployed could eventually find themselves without health insurance. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:58 am
Fri April 18, 2014

State School Voucher System Suffers Potentially Fatal Setback

Rep. Ethan Orr
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A proposal to sharply expand the use of tax dollars to send students to private and parochial schools suffered a severe — and perhaps fatal — setback Thursday as the state House defeated the plan. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu April 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Move Forward on Wolf-Killing Bills

A male Mexican gray wolf in his pen prior to being released last year in Arizona.
Credit Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic

State lawmakers moved on two fronts Wednesday to let ranchers shoot the Mexican gray wolves being reintroduced to the Southwest despite their listing under federal law as endangered. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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