Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Don't Grope With Texas: FED UPdate

Yesterday evening, Governor Rick Perry added the TSA anti-groping legislation to the special session call, and the Texas Legislature will again take up this topic for consideration as early as Friday, June 24th. If passed, this bill will mark the first legislation in the country with "teeth" to combat the TSA "enhanced pat-downs" and protect dignity and liberty among our state's airport travelers.

During the regular session, this legislation was known as House Bill 1937 and was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. However, the bill was halted in the Senate after the U.S. Department of Justice delivered a factually inaccurate letter concerning the bill, threatening immediate injunctions against the state.

Texans have not stood idly by at this level of intimidation from the federal bureaucracy. Outraged Texan travelers have contacted their legislators to ask them to urge the Governor to add the bill to the call.

The author of the legislation is freshman Republican Representative David Simpson, who has become a national champion of putting an end to the TSA's use of "enhanced pat-downs" without probable cause, since filing the bill in March. Representative Simpson laid out the case and need for this legislation, his voice and hands shaking with passion at the anti-TSA rally on the Capitol steps. His efforts have drawn national attention to the overreach of the Transportation Safety Administration and their attempt to establish the supremacy of this bureaucracy's policies over the U.S. Constitution.

In the Texas Senate, Senator Dan Patrick has also made this legislation a priority item and announced last week that he had secured enough support in the Texas Senate to win passage in that chamber. The Senate version of the bill is Senate Bill 29, and was filed by Senator Patrick last week. The House version, House Bill 41, has garnered broad bi-partisan support of 114 co-sponsors in the Texas House and is poised for easy passage.

Both of these bills have been crafted with input and specific language from Attorney General Greg Abbott, who requested the authors to draft the legislation with certain wording to ensure it will be upheld in the face of any potential court challenges.

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator to urge their support and vote in favor of passage as the bill is considered over the next several days.

To read the House version of the TSA Anti-Groping Bill, House Bill 41, click here.
To read the Senate version of the TSA Anti-Groping Bill, Senate Bill 29, click here.

Thanks to Chris Elam from the RPT for providing content for this post. However, this is not a Republican issue but a non-partisan one. This is a freedom issue. This is an American issue. Liberty is popular! Let's kick the TSA's roving hands and eyes out of Texas in time for Independence Day!

1 comment:

AmericanPatriot68 said...

This is a big, grand step in the right direction, and I'm glad to see Texas will be the first in the Nation to step up to the plate and say, "enough!". For years now, the TSA, with approval from Homeland Security, has overstepped their bounds. It is ridiculous that in this day and age, Americans are subjected to pat downs, feel ups, taking off our shoes, our belts and then having to go through x-ray scans where the agents are able to see our "personal" sides.

I understand the need for security and ensuring our planes are free from suicidal fanatics, but when you have a government which does little to nothing in making certain our borders are secured, who do nothing in reforming our immigration laws and enforcing the ones that exist (which allows illegals to come freely over the border, and allows those who did come in legally to overstay their visa expiration date and roam freely throughout this great Nation), these measures at the airport are nothing more than a distraction from the real problems of government and security. No doubt, the Feds will make threats and use junk facts to justify continuing with the searches. After all, they have to justify why they need to keep the TSA employed, and those who had built the scanners and who're trying to invent new devices, need their government-sanctioned subsidies for research and develpoment. This is just another scam, at our expense, and it is time to say, "enough!".