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Democrats and Republicans sounded optimistic today that they can work together to pass immigration reform this year. Under the plan crafted by a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators announced today, there would be a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. This would be contingent, though, on securing the borders.

Lawmakers tried and failed in 2007 and 2010 to reform immigration. But this time could be different, in large part because Republicans need to improve their standing among Hispanic voters.

Of course, with lawmakers in session this week, the U.S. Senate's Immigration plan is creating a buzz in the Texas Senate.

Click the video below, to hear more about the national plan and get reaction from some state lawmakers.

Immigration reform was a major point of contention last legislative session. Gov. Rick Perry made both voter ID and sanctuary cities legislation a focus of the 2011 agenda. Thus far, however, we have not heard much about the issue.

In the video below, hear from the chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, and get his take on how lawmakers will approach the topic.

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The debate over guns on college campuses is not new at the Texas Capitol. In light of the Sandy Hook school shooting, however, that discussion has extended to high schools and even elementary schools.

Today, lawmakers held their first hearings on the issue. You can find reaction from one school district that already arms its teachers, and some law enforcement who say it's a bad idea.

That, plus the Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg weighs in on a new effort to turn Texas into a battleground state.

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