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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Drought plan could be in jeopardy by Gila River tribe

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.

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Some Arizonans may be required to work for AHCCCS

About 126,000 Arizonans who get free health care will soon be required to work if they can.

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Gov. Ducey proposes $11.4 billion budget for 2020

Flush with cash, Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing an $11.4 billion spending plan for the coming year.

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Dems balk at drought plan; say it lacks conservation

House Democrats are balking at ratifying a proposed drought contingency plan over what they see as a key missing element.

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Farmers, cities in dispute over drought plan, dollars

An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought contingency plan.

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County jobless rate moves up nearly 1 percent, state jobless rate inches up

The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees.

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Gov. Ducey faces some pushback over ‘legislative immunity’ proposal

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.

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Amount of medical marijuana consumed increases to 60 tons

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.

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After gaining 4 seats, state Dems feel good about their priorities

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.

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SCOTUS refuses to reinstate 2002 Arizona voter-approved amendment to deny bail

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.

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