The Texas House passed a bill making it criminal for TSA to fondle passengers genitals. This should be a no-brainer, but after TSA threatened to close Texas airports and cancel all flights, the Texas Senate rolled over like a dog wanting it's belly rubbed. and failed to even vote on the bill. This was a shameful day in the proud state of Texas.
Realizing he ultimately did not have the votes, Patrick decided to withdraw the bill, but not before making his passion for state autonomy known: “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.”
After the bill was withdrawn, senators approached state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, the House author of the bill, who was watching from the Senate rail. They said they were looking for a way to delay the effective date of the bill (which otherwise would be immediate) to prevent the federal government from closing Texas airports.
“They’re basically saying, unless you allow us to grope your genitals, you can’t fly. I hope Texans would say come and show us the law,” Simpson said. “This is a Gonzales moment. ‘Come and take it.’”