The Texas Senate approved, without debate, Bob Deuell’s bill permitting needle-exchange programs on a vote of 22-7. Deuell framed the issue in terms of saving taxpayer dollars spent on health care, noting that intravenous drug use causes 50 percent of new HIV cases. In April, TEXAS MONTHLY ran a compelling story on the issue.

Senators voting no were Brimer, Estes, Fraser, Jackson, Ogden, Shapiro, and Williams. Two other members were not present for the vote: Patrick and West.

I hope this makes it to the House floor for debate — for the theatrical possibilities alone.