Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

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Lawsuit could pose threat to newly approved multi-state drought plan

Arizona’s top water official said Wednesday that a lawsuit filed by California’s Imperial Irrigation District could pose a threat to the newly approved multi-state drought contingency plan.

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Arizona Senate to vote on hand-held devices ban while driving

Arizona is on the verge of no longer being just one of three states without a comprehensive ban on texting while driving.

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Former Rep. Don Shooter claims ‘orchestrated cover-up’ led to his removal from House

Ousted state Rep. Don Shooter wants the Senate Ethics Committee to determine whether former House Speaker J.D. Mesnard acted unethically in refusing to release parts of an investigative report on Shooter that resulted in his expulsion.

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Attorney: McSally should not hold McCain seat until 2020 without vote

An attorney for members of various political parties told a federal judge Friday she should order a statewide election – and soon – to let voters fill the Senate seat now occupied by Martha McSally.

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Beef prices rise, pushing up grocery costs by $2 over last quarter

Rising beef prices are pushing up the cost of eating at home. New figures from the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation put the cost of 16 typical “market basket’’ items at $48.30 for the first three months of the year. That’s up more than $2 from the last quarter of 2018.

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Arizona bill would allow sale of fireworks for additional cultural celebrations

State lawmakers agreed Thursday that members of the Indian community should have the right to use sparklers and similar fireworks for the festival of Diwali the same as other Arizonans now can for other holidays.

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State schools stand to lose $340 million of federal funds

Arizona is in danger of losing $340 million in federal cash because of a decision by state lawmakers to allow schools to offer an alternative to the AzMERIT standardized tests.

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Lawmakers seek to keep landlord-tenant regulations at state level

Saying they were just helping tenants, the state Senate voted Wednesday to bar cities and towns from enacting any new regulations and restrictions on landlords.

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Ethics Committee directed to design code of conduct for lawmakers

Facing Democrat demands, House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Wednesday finally directed the Ethics Committee to come up with a code of conduct for lawmakers – including whether they can be ousted for their public comments – more than a year after it was first promised.

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Senate to vote on minimum wage bill that could see young workers paid less

Legislation to allow employers to pay some young people less than the voter-mandated minimum wage cleared a crucial hurdle Thursday after its sponsor agreed it would not be tied to whether the worker was in school.

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