This Session, Texas Lawmakers Put Down Their Swords

*Clarification appended. 

If Texas’ less-than-theatrical 83rd legislative session is remembered at all, it will be known for accords, not discord. 

Lawmakers put down their partisan swords to expand financing for water infrastructure, women’s health, public education and the mentally ill, steering almost entirely clear of bitter ideological battles over immigration enforcement and abortion.

The state’s Republican majority pulled its weight in a few key areas, passing legislation requiring drug screening for unemployment benefits and preventing measures to expand Medicaid, the joint state-federal health care program for children, the disabled and the very poor, under federal health reform.

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