(KCEN) -- The Texas legislative session opened their 2013 session with an ambitious agenda that includes health care, technology, education, energy, roads and the state's water woes.
They are also figuring out how to pay for public schools after slashing 5.4 billion dollars from classrooms last session.
Gov. Rick Perry is expected to lay out his emergency items soon.
As far as the budget goes, they have 101 billion dollars to work with.
That's 30 billion more than 2011.
Needless to say they have a lot to cover this session.
Senator Kirk Watson said, "It's like the first day of school. Everybody's back. Everybody's catching up with what we did in the interim and we get to see each others' new clothes."
We should note this is the most inexperienced legislature in recent history with 43 freshman.
Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are both back after failed runs for higher offices last year.