Our Daily Digest is a lunchtime look at the stories we have our eyes on at the Capitol and beyond. Here’s what we are watching today:

There was a controversial moment in the Senate State Affairs Committee. A Democratic Senator delayed debate on a so-called “religious freedom” bill that was filed just two days ago. Senate Bill 2065 would allow clergy members to refuse presiding over marriage ceremonies they say infringes on their beliefs. It was filed (by request of Dan Patrick, according to Lauren McGaughy with the Houston Chronicle) just two days ago, weeks after the filing deadline, but had been fast-tracked to a public hearing through a loophole usually reserved for smaller, less controversial bills. A similar “religious freedom” bill was filed in the House earlier this session, but support for that bill fell apart after a similar bill in Indiana made national headlines earlier this year. Critics say the bill is too broad and allows for discrimination against the LGBT community.  Senator Jose Menendez (D – TX Senate District 26) tagged the bill, putting at least a 48-hour delay on the legislation. It is now scheduled for a public hearing on Monday.

The Senate Education Committee is expected to take a vote today on Governor Greg Abbott’s priority pre-kindergarten education bill. House Bill 4 passed out of the lower chamber about three weeks ago, but was thrust back into the headlines last week after Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Grassroots Advisory Committee issued a scathing letter against the House pre-K plan. That letter is believed to be the main issue between the chamber leadership at their now-infamous boiling point moment during their Big 3 breakfast last week. Lieutenant Governor Patrick referred the bill to committee the next day. If it makes it out of committee, it will be one chamber vote away from being sent to the Governor’s desk.

In other news, the full House could vote today on a bill that would bring major reforms to the Texas Enterprise Fund. House Bill 26 would change the administration of the controversial TEF fund, create an Economic Incentive Oversight Board and abolish the Emerging Technology Fund. The funds, set up by then-Governor Rick Perry, have been criticized over lax oversight of the awarding of money. Opponents have also raised concerns about giving state money to private businesses.

Tonight on “Capital Tonight,” we take part in the ongoing Time Warner Cable News series “New Texas,” which takes a deeper look at the issues facing Texans as the state continues to evolve economically and culturally. For this week’s discussion on affordability, we’re joined by State Representative Carol Alvarado, chairman of the committee that deals with affordable housing legislation: the House Urban Affairs Committee. What’s being done this session to keep Texas affordable? That question, plus political analysts Harold Cook and Ted Delisi give their takes on the day’s headlines at the Capitol. Tune in to Time Warner Cable News at 7 and 11 p.m. for updates on all of these stories and more.