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
3:00 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.
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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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State Capitol News
8:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Governor to Hear Final Word on SB 1062 Before Making Decision

State Sen. Steve Yarbrough, sponsor of SB 1062
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Proponents of the controversial bill SB 1062 will get a last chance today to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to sign the legislation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:57 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Three State Senators Who Voted for SB 1062 Now Favor a Veto

State Sen. Adam Driggs
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Three Republican state senators who voted for SB 1062 are now on record opposed to what’s been billed as a religious-freedom measure. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:05 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Economic Development Group Urges Gov. Brewer to Veto Religion Law

Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, is pressing Gov. Brewer to veto the law that would allow businesses to deny services to gays on religious grounds.
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The head of a major economic development group is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation expanding the ability of businesses to use their religion to deny services to gays — and maybe others. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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