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Monday, June 27, 2011

Texas and TSA pat-downs: Gov. Rick Perry revives bill

From the latimes.com:
The decision by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to revive legislation that would criminalize 'intrusive' pat-downs by airport security drew expected praise from grass-roots conservatives, rankled opponents who called it political pandering and reignited threats from federal officials of grounded flights in the state.

But it may not even come to a vote.

HB 41, which would make it a crime for federal agents to touch a person's anus, genitals, buttocks or breasts without probable cause, is at peril of dying in the state House, as Republican Speaker Joe Straus has pledged not to consider it in its current state.

'The bill — without some serious revisions — appears to me to be nothing more than an ill-advised publicity stunt. Unenforceable. Ill-advised. Misdirected to uniformed security personnel. And not where it appropriately should be aimed, which is in Washington, to the bosses of these people,' Straus told reporters Friday.

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