AUSTIN (AP) — A bill that made national headlines for unsuccessfully attempting to criminalize excessive touching by agents during airport security pat-downs two years ago is back in the Texas Legislature.
The measure by Rep. David Simpson of Longview would make the intentional touching of travelers' private parts by security officials illegal.
The tea party Republican introduced a 2011 proposal making it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch travelers' private parts, even though clothing. It also would have prohibited searches considered offensive "to a reasonable person."
That bill died after a threat from federal officials to close airports statewide for security purposes if it were approved.
The new measure should be less contentious since it clarifies that security agents must be deliberately touching inappropriately, rather than such contact happening incidentally during pat-downs.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.