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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Bill would extend expiration date on eggs

It would allow eggs to be sold for 45 days, instead of 24

Standards for egg freshness, including the meaning of the expiration date printed on egg cartons, would change if legislation underway in Phoenix becomes law.

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Bill would make animal cruelty a harsher felony

Tougher classification would take sentencing decision from judges

Linking the crime to domestic violence, a Senate panel voted Thursday to expand state laws of what constitutes animal abuse and demand harsher penalties.

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Campbell’s bill to raise road funds advances

Proposal would raise registration fees up to $19 per year

Unable politically to hike the state gasoline tax to help pave and repair roads, a House panel voted Wednesday to impose a new fee when people register their cars and trucks every year.

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Senate moves forward a ban on texting while driving

Supporters still have obstacles to overcome

Arizona may finally be ready to join the 47 other states who find the practice of texting while driving so dangerous, they have made it illegal.

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Senate votes to exempt first $10K of military pension from Arizona income tax

A tax break proposed for military retirees in Arizona has cleared a pair of significant hurdles in the state legislature.

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House expels member over sexual harassment claims

Prescott’s Campbell, Stringer join Shooter in voting against

Concluding that Rep. Don Shooter’s repeated actions of sexual harassment against lawmakers, lobbyists and others were inexcusable, the state House voted Thursday afternoon to expel him.

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State House votes to expel Rep. Shooter over sex harassment claims

Prescott’s representatives are the only ones to join Shooter in voting against

Concluding his actions were just too wrong to excuse, the state House voted this afternoon to expel Rep. Don Shooter.

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Opioid plan clears its first hurdle

Committee advances plan that is priority for governor

A far-reaching plan designed to help put a dent in opioid abuse in Arizona cleared its first legislative hurdles Tuesday, as a pain management physician warned lawmakers to be cautious.

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Lawmakers hope to put dent in opioid crisis

State lawmakers begin working today (eds: tuesday) on a bipartisan plan state officials hope will make a significant dent in opioid addiction, abuse and deaths in Arizona.

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Arizona residents consumed 43 tons of legal weed in 2017

The highest total since medical use of marijuana became legal

That’s the highest total since medical use of marijuana became legal in Arizona.

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