Thursday, May 26, 2011

Federal Government Shows Texas Who Is Ultimately Boss

“I don’t cave in to heavy handed threats by the federal government,” said an angry Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Senate sponsor of the bill, who ultimately withdrew the bill.

According to the Texas Tribune,
House Bill 1937, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would make it a misdemeanor offense for a federal security agent to “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touching the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”
Two TSA officials paid the Patrick at the Capitol today, warning him that the legislation “could close down all the airports in Texas,” he said. After their departure, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst saying the bill would “conflict directly with federal law” and that if it became law, “TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew” until the agency could seek a court order stopping the measure from being carried out.
Senators who previously had supported the bill slowly withdrew support. “The bill makes it a crime for a [federal TSA employee] … to perform a federal screening that he or she is required by federal law to perform,” said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen.

Patrick replied, “There was a time in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up to the federal government and we did not cower to rules and policies that invaded the privacy of Texans...This was a case of the federal government bullying Texas.” This is probably why Texans have all those guns. Protection from all those bullies in Washington.

Previously: Texas to TSA: "Don't Touch My Junk"

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