Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

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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Statewide cellphone-driving law sent to governor

Arizona lawmakers gave final approval this afternoon to a comprehensive statewide ban on the use of hand-held cellphones by motorist, sending the bill already approved by the Senate to Gov. Doug Ducey for his anticipated signature.

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State Senate OKs bill benefiting private well owners

PHOENIX -- State senators approved legislation Tuesday crafted by House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday he said will help keep thousands of Arizonans out of jail.

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President Trump signs Colorado River drought contingency plan

PHOENIX -- President Trump on Tuesday signed the plan for how Arizona and other Colorado River basin states will divide up the limited water that's now available.

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No help coming from state on consumer protections for time-share buyers

PHOENIX -- Lobbied by the industry, state lawmakers are not going to help those who bought timeshares get out from under what is often a lifetime obligation.

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Legal push underway to force election for U.S. Senate seat held by McSally

PHOENIX -- An attorney for members of various political parties told a federal judge Friday she should order a statewide election -- and soon -- to let voters fill the Senate seat now occupied by Martha McSally.

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Effort to lower minimum wage for young workers dies

PHOENIX -- A bid to allow employers to pay some young workers less than the voter-mandated minimum wage is effectively dead.

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Should there be a code of conduct for Arizona lawmakers?

Facing Democrat demands, House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Wednesday finally directed the Ethics Committee to come up with a code of conduct for lawmakers -- including whether they can be ousted for their public comments -- more than a year after it was first promised.

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New state plan would force consolidation on school districts

PHOENIX -- Saying too much money is wasted on duplication, state lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to force consolidation of the more than 200 school districts in the state.

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Senate committee pumps brakes on minimum wage bill

Lawmakers question legality of slicing pay for young workers

A bid to slice the minimum wage for some young workers hit a speed bump Monday as some lawmakers questioned its legality.

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1983 Police Report: Former Rep. Stringer paid for sex with underage boys

House Speaker says representative quit when told Arizona officials had details of Maryland case

Rep. David Stringer quit the Legislature Wednesday after House Speaker Rusty Bowers revealed to him he had the report of the legislator's 1983 arrest in Maryland for allegedly having sex with two boys, one age 13 and the other listed as a child younger than 15 who was developmentally disabled.

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