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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U.S. High Court won't hear challenge to AZ's death penalty laws

But four of the nine justices said Arizona death-penalty statutes need closer look

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t disturb Arizona’s death penalty statutes despite claims — and what several justices say is some evidence — that the laws may be overly broad.

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Lawmakers want to force unemployed to take ‘suitable’ work

State lawmakers are moving to force people getting unemployment insurance checks back to work by changing the law about what jobs they have to take — or forego the payments.

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Governor OK with some gun control

Rep. Campbell: Dems playing political ‘theater’

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he will back laws designed to take guns from people who are a threat — precisely what is in a bill that Tucson Democratic Rep. Randy Friese could not get heard in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Possible tax break ahead for seniors

Some Arizona seniors could be in line for a big property tax break — including some that a few lawmakers question whether they deserve it.

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Arizona lawmakers want to close traffic-accident loophole

State lawmakers are moving to close what appears to be a loophole that allows some people to escape with what amounts to a legal slap on the wrist even if they kill someone while driving.

AZ tax bill would put money in hands of parents

Got kids younger than 18? The state House voted Tuesday to give you $250 for each one.

House committee favors more school recess time

PHOENIX — Concluding that students who get a break will learn better, the House Education Committee voted Monday to require at least two recess periods during the day for those in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Supreme Court refuses to overturn parenting rights ruling for gay couples

In what could be a key victory for gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to overturn a ruling that says gay couples are entitled to the same parenting rights as opposite-sex people when they get divorced.

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Searching for common ground on gun issues

Gov. Doug Ducey isn’t interested in arming teachers as a way to deal with school violence.

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Road tax needs could get fee from vehicle licensing

Arizona motorists could fund what amounts to a $120 million infusion into road construction and repairs.

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