It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
AUSTIN (KXAN) - With just 10 days left in the special session, Gov. Rick Perry has added a new issue to the call – a controversial measure often referred to as the “anti-groping” bill. This comes after the author of the original, failed legislation made another push for his bill’s addition
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee passed HB 41 unanimously last week. The bill has 112 co-authors.
Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, sent a letter to Perry, hoping for a change of heart regarding House Bill 41. He wrote that the measure is needed to “protect innocent people from unreasonable searches of their person by their own government.”
Simpson changed the language of the HB 41 to give the federal government more time to respond. Instead of going into effect immediately after passage, it would allow 90 days.
The governor was reluctant to have legislators re-consider the bill in special session, that is, until he changed his mind late Monday.
In light of Perry’s sudden reversal, it is unclear if there is enough time or enough votes to ban the invasive pat-downs. The special session must be completed by the middle of next week.
Perry is under pressure from paranoid wingnut Tea Party people to prohibit TSA pat-downs, which at some point here is going to devolve into “let’s just allow people to bring guns on airplanes to stop the FURRINERS from getting on the flights.” This will be Rick Perry’s 2016 campaign platform.