Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 27 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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Gov. Ducey to revisit vacation rentals legislation

Acknowledging it hasn’t quite worked as promoted, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to take a new look at legislation he signed three years ago that pretty much stripped cities of their ability to regulate vacation rentals.

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Head of APS stepping down; will still testify at ACC hearing

The head of the state’s largest electric company is stepping down, but not before utility regulators get a chance to grill him next month on company practices and policies.

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Ducey calls for changes at the Department of Corrections

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he wants to change the culture at the Department of Corrections, a culture that resulted in the agency chief cut off from what was happening by “yes’’ men.

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Appeals court halts AG Brnovich’s lawsuit versus university system, tuition hikes

The state Court of Appeals won’t let Attorney General Mark Brnovich sue the university system over what he claims are unconstitutionally high tuition hikes.

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Federal appellate court gives players right to sue for minimum wage during spring training

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has given a key victory to players on minor league teams the right to sue to be paid the minimum wage while they’re in spring training in Arizona.

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Federal court ruling could give Arizonans protection against companies gathering their biometric information

A new federal court ruling coupled with a provision in the state constitution could give Arizonans new legal protections against the use of software by private firms that captures and stores facial images.

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Minor leaguers greenlighted to sue teams for not abiding minimum wage law

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A federal appeals court has given a key victory to players on minor league teams the right to sue to be paid the minimum wage while they’re in spring training in Arizona.

Arizona in top 5 in nation for jobs growth rate

Continued talk of a trade war hasn’t dampened the state’s job growth — at least not yet.

Chief Justices: DOC remains ‘surprisingly uninformed’ on nonfunctioning cell locks

The head of the Department of Corrections remained “surprisingly uninformed’’ about nonfunctioning locks at one of the state’s largest prisons and the resultant security risks and assaults on guards, according to a new report issued today.

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Gov. Ducey: ‘We need a balanced approach’ to new immigration policy

Gov. Doug Ducey took a slap Tuesday at the new Trump administration policy that seeks to deny “green cards’’ to those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

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