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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.

Session to usher in new leadership, large projects

Call it a session of big projects—with the potential for some big fights. When lawmakers convene Jan. 13 for the 84th Texas Legislature, they do so with a host of new state leaders and what may be the most conservative group of lawmakers the state h more »

Jan 14, 2015 8:00 AM Frisco

Transportation funding last roadblock to session end

With the time running out on the second special session set to end July 30, attention turns to transportation funding, and Gov. Rick Perry tells lawmakers he would love to see them go home "as soon as you get a transportation bill on my desk." more »

Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM At the Capitol

Lawmakers pass abortion, juvenile justice bills as second special session nears end

Lawmakers have made significant progress on all of Gov. Rick Perry’s agenda items during the second special session. They are poised to pass most of the agenda before the session must end on July 30. more »

Jul 17, 2013 12:00 AM At the Capitol

Dallas area legislators focus on bills including those dealing with public education, craft brew industry

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

Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM At the Capitol

Lawmakers move quickly in second special session

Lawmakers are working quickly on legislation that deals with transportation funding, abortion restrictions and juvenile justice during the Texas Legislature’s second special session, which convened July 1. Gov. Rick Perry called the session after law more »

Jul 11, 2013 5:04 AM Georgetown

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 11, 2013 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Abortion limits bill makes progress in second special session

Texas lawmakers came a step closer July 10 to passing controversial new safety standards for abortion clinics when the House gave its preliminary approval to the measure. more »

Jul 10, 2013 12:00 AM At the Capitol

Houston-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 8, 2013 12:00 AM At the Capitol

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 5, 2013 12:00 AM Tomball | Magnolia