The issue: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act
Our view: Stark Countians will recognize programs, as they’re already in place here

It’s good that a rash of bipartisanship has broken out so early in the new session of Congress. In a few months, politicians of both parties will become consumed with next year’s congressional elections. Then the window for concerted action on important issues will slam shut.

The immigration bill introduced Monday in the Senate is being touted as a major bipartisan effort. It is encouraging to see influential senators from both parties get behind legislation that runs the political gamut, from tightening border security to outlining a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

But we have been in this hopeful place on immigration before; the bill is a very long way from the finish line.

Meanwhile, another bipartisan bill should have an easier time of it, and Ohioans should feel pleased that both of their senators are on board.

Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are among the 26 co-sponsors of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, introduced in the Senate last week as an identical bill was introduced in the House.

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