Howard Fischer, for the Courier

Capitol Media Services

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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State lawmakers look to extend sober living regulations statewide

Arizona lawmakers appear finally ready to regulate sober living homes statewide.

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Arizona politician looking to recall Sen. McCain

A Libertarian who concedes he was never a supporter in the past is launching a drive to recall Sen. John McCain.

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Punish doctors who prescribe weed too easily?

Could get a year in prison for not conducting a full medical exam first

State lawmakers are moving to make felons of doctors who don’t follow all the rules when recommending that a patient be allowed to use marijuana.

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State legislators favor exemption to laws regarding sexual contact

Alarmed by claims that people could be imprisoned for changing a diaper, a House panel voted Wednesday to craft an exemption to laws that criminalize sexual contact with minors.

State senators want to choose U.S. senate candidates

Claiming they’re being ignored by U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, Republican state legislators took the first steps Tuesday to allowing themselves — and not the voters — to choose who gets to run for the U.S. Senate from Arizona.

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Senate panel favors new abortion requirements

Doctors will have to ask the woman why before the procedure

Women who want an abortion would have to tell state health officials exactly why under the terms of legislation approved Wednesday by a Senate panel.

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House panel votes to limit child marriages

Leaves loopholes so people younger than 18 can still marry

A House panel voted Wednesday to restrict the ability of teens younger than 18 to marry in Arizona -- but did so only after creating a couple of ways around that proposed restriction.

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House wants to keep ‘dark money’ contributors hidden

Prescott’s Campbell only Republican to vote against the bill

State lawmakers voted Tuesday to block any efforts by Arizona cities and counties to find out — and inform the public — who is funneling money into local elections through nonprofit groups.

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Arizona Supreme Court to hear Dreamers, tuition case

Decision is a victory for state’s colleges

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether “dreamers” who the federal government has allowed to remain in the country are eligible to pay the same reduced tuition as other Arizona residents.

Appeals court rules in favor of immigration protesters

They want to be close to a Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca-area residents and protesters are going to get another chance to argue that they’re entitled to be closer to a Border Patrol checkpoint to keep an eye on what’s going on there.

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