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Looking back at week two of session

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The legislature was out for much of the week, but there were plenty of political developments to talk about.

On Monday, the House and Senate released their draft budgets. Tuesday, we took a closer look at the House proposal and the effect it would have on statewide standardized testing. Wednesday, President Obama released his plan to combat gun violence. And Thursday, we headed to Houston with Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to hear more about an alternative plan for social security.

We brought in Bob Garrett from the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Observer's Patrick Michels, and Jonathan Tilove with the Austin American Statesman to discuss those issues and more. Click the videos below to view our Reporter Roundtable.

Gov. Rick Perry said public school funding was "phenomenal" at the start of session. He based the claim on the assumption that public education funding grew at three times the rate of enrollment growth over last decade. But are those figures true? We called in PolitiFact Texas Editor Gardner Selby to dig deeper into the data.

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Looking ahead to the rest of session, we previewed House Bill 421. If passed, it would allow liquor stores to do business on Sundays. We spoke to liquor store owners and customers about what the change would mean, and got very different reactions.

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