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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Lawmaker wants to make Tasers legal on campus

Gilbert Republican says students should be able to defend themselves

A Gilbert lawmaker wants to give those on public university campuses more self-defense options. Including Tasers.

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Senator’s bill would fine people with untrained service animals $250

Its backer admits it would be difficult to enforce

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to make it illegal for people to bring their pets into restaurants and grocery stores under claims they are “service animals.’’

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Governor has huge fundraising lead over possible Democratic opponents

Ducey has $2.7M in bank, Farley and Garcia have $331K combined

With no primary foe and 10 months to go to the general election, Gov. Doug Ducey already has collected more than $3 million for his reelection campaign.

State senate panel agrees to increase car liability requirements

If bill becomes law, it will likely mean consumers will pay more for insurance

Rebuffing claims that the new legislation could harm some low-income individuals, an Arizona Senate panel agreed Tuesday to increase the amount of liability insurance that motorists must purchase to drive in Arizona.

State argues for dismissal of schools lawsuit

Attorney: It is ‘political question’ left for Governor, legislature

An attorney for the state told a judge Friday he has no legal right to hear a complaint that the Legislature is not providing enough money for schools.

Arizona woman asks High Court to overturn gay parental rights ruling

Child’s biological parent says she shouldn’t have to share custody with non-biological former spouse

Saying biology matters, an Arizona woman is making a last-ditch effort to keep from being forced to share custody of her child with her former wife.

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Grocers survey: Eggs cost more, but ham drops

Experts unsure why eggs are costing more this year

PHOENIX — Good news if you like grilled ham and cheese. The basic elements of the sandwich will cost you less now than a year ago.

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Lawmaker wants his cell phone to remain private

Proposes a bill to overturn a court ruling that he can’t

A veteran state lawmaker is carving out what one lawyer calls a large and “blatant” exemption to the state’s public records law.

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Trump tax cuts could bring state $250M; House Speaker wants to keep AZ taxpayers from paying for it

One of the state’s three Republican legislative leaders has vowed he won’t let the Trump tax cuts have a negative ripple effect on Arizona taxpayers.

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Governor’s budget plan focuses new cash on schools

Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled a $10.1 billion spending plan for the next budget year built on projections of more consumer spending, Arizonans buying more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe, auditors the governor previously laid off.

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