The 83rd legislative session is officialy underway, and all things considered, it was a relatively quiet start to the session. Here’s a look at what’s coming up on tonight’s show:

Perry lays out his plans

Gov. Rick Perry addressed both the House and the Senate this afternoon.  While the governor didn’t name any emergency items, he did chart a course for the upcoming session. Perry urged lawmakers to focus on the economy and cautioned that lawmakers should continue to limit the size of government.

“We have to remember that Monday’s budget estimate represents not a chance to spend freely, but an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the very policies that have made Texas economically strong,” he said. 

Tonight, we will hear more from Gov. Perry and get reaction from some Senate Democrats.

Straus reelected speaker 

Rep. Joe Straus has begun his third term as Texas House Speaker.  He was reelected without a roll call after his challenger Rep. David Simpson announced on the floor that he was dropping out of the race. Despite a vocal campaign to ‘Oust Straus,’ in the end, Simpson didn’t have the support to win a floor fight.  Tonight, we’ll take a closer look at Straus’ priorities for the upcoming session.

One-on-one

Sen. Leticia VanDePutte has been named president pro tem for the 83rd legislative session.  Tonight our Paul Brown sits down with the long time Senator from San Antonio.