Texas Anti-TSA Groping Bill Halted in House; Alive in Senate

By:  Kelly Holt
06/27/2011
       
Texas Anti-TSA Groping Bill Halted in House; Alive in Senate

Those paying attention to recent events in the Texas Legislature know that a battle royal has been raging for weeks over the Travelers' Dignity Act, the anti-TSA groping bill sponsored by state Representative David Simpson. The bill would make Transportation Security Administration agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause in their invasive airport searches.

Last month the anti-groping bill was unanimously passed by the Texas House, and it appeared likely that the Senate would pass it as well. But then the feds intervened and threatened to shut down all Texas air traffic if the bill were passed. Ten state Senators withdrew their support, and the bill died in the regular legislative session.

Those paying attention to recent events in the Texas Legislature know that a battle royal has been raging for weeks over the Travelers' Dignity Act, the anti-TSA groping bill sponsored by state Representative David Simpson. The bill would make Transportation Security Administration agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause in their invasive airport searches.

Last month the anti-groping bill was unanimously passed by the Texas House, and it appeared likely that the Senate would pass it as well. But then the feds intervened and threatened to shut down all Texas air traffic if the bill were passed. Ten state Senators withdrew their support, and the bill died in the regular legislative session.

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