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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Bill would strip cities of right to regulate vacation rentals

Calling the law a mistake, two House Democrats are leading the charge to repeal a 2016 measure that stripped cities and towns of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.

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School voucher dispute courtbound?

A notice of claim, the legal precursor to litigation, was filed Thursday against the state Department of Education by two conservative legal organizations.

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Arizona jobless rate declines

The latest figures from the Office of Economic Opportunity show the state added 30,100 jobs between September and October.

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Plaintiffs sue to force a special election for Martha McSally’s US Senate seat

Michael Persoon told a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the U.S. Constitution does allow Gov. Doug Ducey to "temporarily” fill a vacancy created by the death or resignation of a senator.

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Competing Arizona recreational marijuana initiative proposed

The legislation crafted by the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce would add an additional 100 retail outlets on top of the 130 dispensaries that already exist to serve medical marijuana patients.

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State court rules juvenile arsonist can serve life

There's nothing unconstitutional about sending a juvenile to prison for the rest of his life for a series of arson fires in Tucson.

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McSally urges ICE to give consideration to veterans

The state's top Republican senator said Monday that immigration officials need to examine situations before veterans who are in this country illegally are deported.

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Legislation pending to protect Arizonans who have pre-existing conditions

Two Republican legislators and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are taking the first steps to craft legislation to ensure that Arizonans with preexisting conditions can still buy health insurance if federal courts strike down the Affordable Care Act.

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Court orders state to revise prisoners’ reading policy

In a new order, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver directed the Department of Corrections to "establish bright-line rules that narrowly define prohibited content in a manner consistent with the First Amendment.”

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Governor cautions Arizonans against traveling in Mexico

The governor's comments come on the heels of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office reporting what sounded like automatic gunfire in Agua Prieta, just south of Douglas.

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