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Karen Brooks Harper—Capitol Correspondent

Karen has two decades of reporting and editing for major newspapers, online news and local TV networks. She specializes in political and news feature writing and has a strong background in Latino issues, including border politics and immigration.

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Lawmakers fail to reach deal, revisit transportation in third special session

State lawmakers ended their second special session of the summer July 30, only to be called back that evening for a third session after the House and Senate could not agree on a way to fund the state’s highways. more »

Aug 8, 2013 The Woodlands

Lawmakers revisit transportation funding in third special session

Lawmakers ended their second special session of the summer July 30, only to be called right back that evening for a third session after the House and Senate could not agree on a way to fund the state’s highways. more »

Jul 31, 2013 At the Capitol (2 Comments)

Bills move ahead as second special session nears end

Texas lawmakers sent some of the strongest abortion restrictions in the nation to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk July 15, ending weeks of emotional protest and national debate over the issue. more »

Jul 25, 2013 Southwest Austin

Area legislators focus on bills including those dealing with ethics, public education, water plan

During the 83rd Legislative Session, lawmakers worked to pass more than 1,400 new laws. Below is a roundup of some of what Houston-area lawmakers pushed for, passed or had rejected by their peers during the 140-day session. more »

Jul 25, 2013 Katy