The House and Senate have passed bills saying the Texas Rangers will take over investigations of official misconduct cases formerly handled by the Travis County district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.
Prosecution of those cases will be in the officials’ home counties rather than Austin.
Both are Republicans’ reaction to last year’s indictment of then-Gov. Rick Perry and a previous case — later thrown out — against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
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Rangers are skilled investigators, and politics are not likely to get in their way. Still, elected officials shouldn’t be treated differently when it comes to where they are prosecuted.