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:

The Senate is expected to take action soon on Senate Bill 1735, which amends Hazlewood benefits for Texas veterans. The bill’s author, Sen. Brian Birdwell (R – TX House District 22) has promoted it as a way to rein in the skyrocketing costs of the tuition exemption. Currently, veterans with at least 180 days of active duty can get up to 150 credit hours of free tuition at a public university, and any of it they don’t use can be passed on to their children. That cost Texas universities about $170 million last year, and is expected to double in the next five years. The bill would tighten eligibility requirements — recipients would have to live in Texas for eight years — and would cut the amount of free tuition veterans get. That would be cut to 120 credit hours, the equivalent of a four-year degree, and would cap the number of credit hours that can be transferred to children at 60.

We’re also checking on the status of Legislative efforts to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. A bill authored by State Rep. Chris Paddie (R – TX House District 9) has been approved by the House Transportation Committee, but is still waiting to be placed on the House calendar. Rollout of the growing ride-sharing companies has been slowed by local regulations in Texas. The bill’s backers say this creates a standard statewide protocol and does away with what they call a patchwork of confusing local regulations. The crux of the issue is the question of how to keep dangerous riders off the road. Lobbyists for the ride-sharing companies say they already do background checks and adding more checks isn’t necessary. The bill was amended to allow some city control of background checks, including the power for cities to require Uber and Lyft to subject drivers to fingerprint background checks. Some critics of the bill say it doesn’t do enough to hold drivers accountable, while others question whether allowing cities to require different background checks will create the same problem as before: a “mish mash” of different local regulations.

Republicans in the Senate have pushed through a bill that would reduce access to abortions in Texas. Under Senate Bill 575, private health insurance plans as well as plans through the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplace could only provide coverage for abortions in cases of medical emergencies.  If the bill is passed, women would have to buy supplemental insurance to cover an elective abortion. Supporters say it would protect Texans who oppose abortion from subsidizing the procedure for others through their insurance payments. Democrats called the measure “extreme,” considering Texas already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country.

For more on all of these stories, check out tonight’s episode of “Capital Tonight.” Our guest tonight is Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who will tell us about his initiative to change statewide policy to allow deep fryers in schools, reversing a decade-old policy. Plus, political analysts Harold Cook and Ted Delisi join us to give their takes on the week’s headlines. Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Time Warner Cable News.