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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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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Medical marijuana consumption growing too fast in Arizona?

The number of pounds of medical marijuana being purchased and consumed in Arizona is increasing at a rate twice as fast as the number of people legally entitled to use it.

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House Speaker won’t succumb to pressure to approve drought plan

House Speaker Rusty Bowers warned Tuesday he won’t be pressured by Gov. Doug Ducey into approving a drought contingency plan by a Jan. 31 deadline that he and other lawmakers have yet to see.

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US Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Arizona amendment that denies bail to someone accused of rape

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a 2002 voter-approved amendment to the Arizona Constitution which denied bail to anyone accused of rape.

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Gov. Ducey’s proposal to eliminate ‘legislative immunity’ receiving backlash

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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State of the State: Democrats see hope for items on wish list

Legislative Democrats trotted out their usual priorities Monday as the session convenes.

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State of the State: Gov. Ducey still eying school safety

Undeterred by last year’s defeat, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will make another run at getting lawmakers to approve his school safety plan — including a controversial provision to allow judges to take away weapons from people considered dangerous.

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Gov. Ducey: ‘Sense of urgency’ needed in AZ water problem

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey will use his fifth State of the State speech Monday to try to corral the votes to approve a drought contingency plan in the next 17 days or risk federal intervention.

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Water, taxes top crucial issues for Legislature

2019 session opens Monday

Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers begin the new legislative session with a deadline to act — and soon — on two issues crucial to Arizona residents.

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Governor’s attorneys hope to quash suit over McCain’s Senate seat

Attorneys for Gov. Doug Ducey are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit demanding that he call an election — and soon — to determine who will occupy the U.S. Senate seat following the death of John McCain rather than let Martha McSally keep the post until 2020.

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