View Full Version : Texas Leads The Way : Texas House passes "anti-groping" airport security bill

06-27-2011, 11:14 PM
A bill to make enhanced airport security pat-downs a crime if they involve touching a passenger's private areas was approved by the Texas House on Monday.

The move came just days after the measure appeared dead when the House speaker called it "unenforceable" and "an embarrassment to the state of Texas."

Speaker Joe Straus asked lawmakers to revise the measure with the help of the Texas attorney general's office after Straus' comments sparked a firestorm from conservative and Tea Party activists who see the bill as a way to strike a blow against "federal government tyranny," as bill author Representative David Simpson -- like Straus a Republican -- has said.

Federal officials had threatened to halt all flights out of Texas airports if the original bill were passed on the grounds that they would not be able to certify that the flights were safe.

"We've been working with the attorney general's office from the very beginning to ensure that the bill will accomplish our goal of stopping the humiliation of travelers while also maintaining language that will withstand judicial scrutiny," Simpson said in a statement on Monday.


06-27-2011, 11:20 PM
Send in state law enforcement to arrest screeners who violate the law. Let the Feds bring it, they are outnumbered buy the better part of 300 million people. The 10th amendment. Hello?

06-27-2011, 11:25 PM
Idaho could follow Texas in pushing anti-TSA groping bill

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry reintroduced a bill that would make it a felony in his state for employees of the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to conduct pre-flight pat down searches at security check points.

It looks like Idaho might follow Perry’s lead when lawmakers meet in Boise next year.

Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, told IdahoReporter.com said he may address search methods in the next legislative session, set to begin in January. “I do plan on revisiting the issue,” said Hart, who unsuccessfully pushed a bill to limit the use of full body scanners at public airports in Idaho in 2010.

Hart says he is looking into the problem, but isn’t certain if the bill he crafts will mirror the Texas legislation. “Whether it will be like the Texas bill, I don’t know,” he explained.

Hart could likely count on support from his seatmate and political ally, Rep. Vito Barbieri, a Republican from Dalton Gardens. Barbieri, co-author of a bill to prevent certain parts of the 2010 federal health reform bill from being implemented in Idaho, told IdahoReporter.com Wednesday that he would support a Texas-like bill if the details are right. “I would, of course, want to see the details,” Barbieri said.

Barbieri said the TSA is perfect evidence of a federal government agency that has run amok. “The TSA is a prime example of the federal government intruding needlessly,” he said. “The way they have set this bureaucracy up is mind-boggling.”


06-27-2011, 11:32 PM
I love texas xD