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.
House Speaker Rusty Bowers is proposing changes to state laws in a way he said will protect the rights of farmers in the Safford Valley, who have been “scratching it out,” to water from the Gila River.
About 126,000 Arizonans who get free health care will soon be required to work if they can.
Flush with cash, Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing an $11.4 billion spending plan for the coming year.
House Democrats are balking at ratifying a proposed drought contingency plan over what they see as a key missing element.
An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought contingency plan.
The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees.
A proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey to abolish so-called legislative immunity is getting some negative reaction from some lawmakers who enjoy its protections – and would have to vote to put it on the ballot for voters to repeal.
The number of pounds of medical marijuana being purchased and consumed in Arizona is increasing twice as fast as the number of people legally entitled to use it.
Legislative Democrats trotted out their usual priorities Monday as the session convenes. But House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez of Yuma said what’s going to be different this year comes down to numbers.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a 2002 voter-approved amendment to the Arizona Constitution that denied bail to anyone accused of rape.