Karen Brooks Harper—Capitol Correspondent http://impactnews.com/topics/karen_brooks_harper/index.rss en-us © 2005 - 2014 JG Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Perry signs new abortion restrictions into law Gov. Rick Perry signed into law July 18 a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and strengthening the regulations placed on abortion clinics. Opponents vowed to challenge it in court.

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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.

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Abortion bill progresses in second special session Texas lawmakers came a step closer to passing new safety standards for abortion clinics July 10 when the House gave final approval to the measure, sending it to the Senate on a vote of 96-49.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Filibuster ends first special session; Perry calls another for July The eyes of the world were on the Texas Senate on June 25 when Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, staged a dramatic protest of a bill that would have created some of the strongest abortion limits in the nation.

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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.

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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.

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Lawmakers move quickly in second special session Lawmakers convened July 1 for a second special session, at a cost of an estimated $30,000 per day.

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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.

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Austin legislators focus on bills including those dealing with public education, gun control, health care During the 83rd Legislative Session, Austin-area lawmakers focused on both local and statewide issues. Legislators passed more than 1,400 new laws during the 140-day regular session.

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Lawmakers take on accountability, testing, curriculum in public schools The education of 4.3 million public school students is one of the state’s top priorities, with some of the biggest battles in the Capitol raging over private school vouchers, curriculum, graduation rates, school accountability and teacher pay.

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Dramatic filibuster kills abortion-limits bill, ends first special session The eyes of the world were on the Texas Senate on June 25 when Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, staged a dramatic protest to a bill that would have created some of the strongest abortion limits in the nation.

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