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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Rep. David Stringer attorney: Ethics Committee can have documents with court order

PHOENIX — The attorney for embattled state Rep. David Stringer said Thursday the Ethics Committee can have a document it is demanding — if it goes to court.

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State House approves bill changing voter registration activities

PHOENIX — The state House voted Monday to create some new crimes for certain voter-registration activities in a move several lawmakers suggested will suppress voting, particularly by the young and minorities.

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Senate panel refuses to expand Arizona’s seat belt laws

PHOENIX — Calling the measure intrusive, a Senate panel quashed efforts to expand Arizona’s seat belt laws.

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Rep. David Stringer must comply with subpoena, House Ethics Committee rules

The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday, March 20, to require Rep. David Stringer, facing complaints about his remarks and a 1983 arrest on sex charges, to submit to an interview with attorneys and produce certain documents with no promise to keep the information secret.

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Colorado River states asking Congress to approve adopted drought plan

The leaders of Colorado River basin states are asking Congress to approve the newly adopted drought contingency plan that they admit is not a long-term solution to a dryer future and less water in the river.

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Senate committee votes to block cities from enacting own regulations to protect tenants

A Senate panel voted Monday to slam the door on future efforts by cities, towns and counties to enact their own regulations to protect tenants.

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Yavapai County attorney: Arizona voters never intended to legalize marijuana extracts, edibles

PHOENIX — A Yavapai County prosecutor argued to the state Supreme Court Tuesday that Arizonans never intended to legalize the use of extracts and edible products made from them when they voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in 2010.

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Supreme Court upholds conviction of woman who faked cancer to obtain abortion

PHOENIX — Fraud investigations trump Arizona’s physician-patient privilege, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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Arizona company may create nation’s largest marijuana dispensary operation

PHOENIX — An Arizona firm that already grows, processes and sells marijuana in multiple states is buying another company to create what will likely be the nation’s largest operation.

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Bill could allow 18 year olds to keep loaded gun in car in school parking lot

PHOENIX — It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school.

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