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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Arizona Senate approves adding $4 on traffic fines

Legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate would tack a $4 penalty on all traffic fines.

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Ducey demands education budget from lawmakers, insists including pay increase

Already fighting with educators over his pay hike plan, Gov. Doug Ducey opened a second front Friday, this time attacking members of his own Republican Party.

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Arizona teachers call for a strike; walkout at least a week away

Claiming overwhelming support, leaders of the #RedForEd movement Thursday night called for a strike – but but not for another week.

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Governor signs bill outlawing ‘fake’ service animals

If you've been sneaking Fluffy into the grocery store on a claim it's your service dog, that time may be coming to an end.

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State senate panel gives judge room to take weapons

A Senate panel voted 4-3 Thursday to allow judges to force some people to surrender their weapons – but only after a multi-step process that supporters say will protect due process rights.

Gov. Doug Ducey is gambling with teacher salaries

Documents obtained by Capitol Media Services show the governor hopes to generate $15 million a year by convincing Arizonans to play “keno.’’

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Teacher strike still possible

Gov. Ducey’s plan doesn’t meet the key goal of getting an increase of education funding

Calling the governor’s proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide by Friday whether to strike.

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2 Arizonans join lawsuit to block citizenship question on 2020 census

With no action by the governor or attorney general, two Arizona residents filed suit Wednesday to block the Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to decennial count.

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Ducey signs minimum marriage age legislation

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation which sets for the first time ever a minimum age for marriage in Arizona.

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Ducey signs new list of abortion questions into law

Women who want to terminate a pregnancy are going to be asked some questions first. But they don’t have to answer.

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