Editorial: Abbott sided with conspiracy theorists to kill mental health bill - 2015-07-23
Rare is the piece of legislation that can save lives, save money and improve safety in communities all with the stroke of a pen.
Such a bill did exist in the Texas Legislature's most recent session. Labeled Senate Bill 359, it would have given hospitals a modicum of power to hold a patient for four hours if doctors consider that patient to be a danger to himself or others.
That would be enough time to get law enforcement into the hospital to check the patient out before he was put back on the streets. Or it might be enough time to evaluate the patient, get him calmed down and avoid an arrest and a trip to the jailhouse.
But when it landed on Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, the measure died under a strange and unexpected veto.