With the Texas Legislature convening on Tuesday, what are the big issues ahead for lawmakers, and what decisions they will make, affecting us all?
Will they tackle serious issues like transportation, education and water?Or will they become entangled in "hot button" issues prized by the right or left?
Joining our big legislative Roundtable discussion this week are Gromer Jeffers, political writer for The Dallas Morning News; Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy; and Christy Hoppe, the Austin bureau chief of The News.
Our Flashpoint debate zeroes in on the biggest challenges facing the next state legislative session. Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer on the right, and author and producer Katie Sherrod on the left offer their thoughts.
WFAA political reporter Brad Watson is the moderator of Inside Texas Politics.