The Texas Senate this week approved measures to test some applicants for welfare and unemployment aid for drugs, expand school choice by allowing more charter schools and rewrite the rules of engagement between prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal trials.
There was a time when any one of those matters had the potential to emerge as a divisive wedge issue, driven more by politics than policy. But this week in the Texas Senate, the wedge had no edge. Those four bills were debated with less vitriol than might attend a Vermont town meeting. Three passed unanimously, and the fourth was approved by a 30-1 vote.
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