AUSTIN (KXAN) - Hoping to reignite the controversial "anti-groping" bill, activists dressed as Transportation Security Administration agents set up shop in the Texas Capitol Tuesday, staging security checkpoints so lawmakers can witness what a patdown really entails.
The original bill – House Bill 1937 – failed to pass the Senate in the regular session. It would have made it a misdemeanor for TSA agents to patdown passengers – grabbing certain body parts without cause. Those agents would be subject to a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
Support in the Senate began to drop due to a letter from the Department of Justice, saying such a measure would force federal officials to cancel flights to Texas, not to mention the precedent it would create for other states.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has recommended to the Gov. Rick Perry to add it to the special session call – the only way for the legislation to proceed.
HB 1937 author – Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview – has urged his Facebook followers to "Please call the Governor and tell him you agree with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst."
Critics of the bill say it would pose a security risk, while supporters said what TSA agents are doing is a violation of privacy and civil rights.
With her job as district attorney potentially on the line, Rosemary Lehmberg called her behavior towards deputies "totally inappropriate" the night she was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.
On Tuesday, Capital Metro will roll out it's new MetroRapid fleet and run multiple tests gearing up for its January 2014 debut.
The Austin Parks Department board will vote on a new design for Auditorium Shores that expands a proposed off leash dog park area by one acre.
A Texas woman is expected to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Democrats say they finally hold a statewide office again in Texas — thanks to a Republican who's switching sides.