Although Texas is notorious for advocating for states' rights —Gov. Rick Perry has openly suggested secession —state officials had to drop a bid to prevent TSA agents from conducting "invasive searches" after the federal government threatened to shut down all airports in Texas.
Last week the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for TSA agents 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." But as the Texas Senate debated the bill Wednesday, support for its passage began to thin. Why? Because the federal government had intervened to warn that if the bill passed, all airports in Texas could get shut down.
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