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 Corporation Commission potentially overstepping its bounds, Gov. Ducey says

Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday the Arizona Corporation Commission has been getting into areas beyond its constitutional authority to set utility rates

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Court rules vehicle safety is a federal issue

The state Court of Appeals is refusing to require vehicle manufacturers install safety equipment for cars sold in Arizona that are not mandated by federal law.

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Census citizenship question could keep Arizona from adding 10th congressional seat, study shows

Arizona is in danger of losing out on a new congressional seat if the Trump administration is successful in adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census

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Lawmaker reaction to Gov. Ducey allowance veto: ‘We have members living in motor homes’

Stunned by the governor’s veto, some lawmakers already are exploring how — and when — they can finally get an increase in their living allowances.

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Supreme Court may allow convicted murderer to present evidence of abuse

James McKinney bidding for resentencing trial

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether someone convicted decades ago of two murders will get a chance now to present evidence of his abusive childhood to a jury

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Ducey vetoes triple allowance for lawmakers

Arizona lawmakers won't be getting a sharp increase in their living allowances, at least not this year - and not next year, either

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Gov. Ducey signs legislation to rein in corporate dollar-for-dollar income tax benefit

Arizona is finally ready to curtail — but not stop — the ability of corporations to divert what they owe in state income tax to instead help send children to private and parochial schools, a system of credits that threatened to reduce corporate tax collections to zero.

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Ducey snaps back at businesses over tariffs

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey took a swat of sorts Monday at businesses who are concerned about the effects of the president’s threatened tariffs on the state and national economy.

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Tobin steps down from ACC for new post; Ducey appoints replacement

Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday tapped former Republican congressional contender Lea Marquez Peterson to the agency that decides how much utilities can charge their customers.

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Marijuana extracts approved by state Supreme Court

Justices say resins, other products legal for patients to possess

Arizonans who have medical marijuana cards are legally entitled to buy and use gummy bears, candies, extracts, tinctures and resins of the plant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, May 28.

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