Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 26 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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Governor signs bill outlawing ‘fake’ service animals

If you’ve been sneaking Fluffy into the grocery store with the claim that’s your service dog, you’ll soon have to make other arrangements for your pet.

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Teacher pay hike plan rejected by Arizona PTA

Calling the governor’s plan not sustainable, the Arizona PTA has withdrawn its backing for Gov. Doug Ducey’s teacher pay hike plan.

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Ducey plans to fund part of teacher pay increase with new form of gambling

Gov. Doug Ducey is hoping to fund part of his teacher pay package through a new form of gambling that may be illegal; is opposed by a key backer of the governor; and also could blow up the deal Arizona negotiated nearly two decades ago with Indian tribes.

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Jobs may be at risk if Arizona teachers walk out

Empowered by successful walkouts in other states, Arizona teachers began three days of voting Tuesday on whether to follow suit here.

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New Arizona law will impose fines for false service-animal claims

If you've been sneaking Fluffy into the grocery store with the claim that’s your service dog, you’ll soon have to make other arrangements for your pet.

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Educators to decide this week whether to strike

Calling the governor’s proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide by Friday whether to strike.

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Teachers to vote on walkout; no proof money will be there for Ducey's pay pledge

PHOENIX - Calling the governor's proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide whether to strike.

Lawmakers reject eye-movement tests for marijuana

Scottsdale firm wanted law amended to accept technology in cases of detecting drug use for dismissal

Unwilling to trust untested technology, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to block employers from firing workers based on their eye movements.

Gov. Ducey signs oversight for sober living homes bill

The state is going to get some new oversight of “sober living homes,’’ places where people can live while they are dealing with alcohol and drug abuse problems.

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Senate passes list of questions for abortion reasons up to Gov. Ducey’s desk

It is now up to Gov. Doug Ducey to decide whether women will be asked why they want an abortion.

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