The Texas House on Monday gave preliminary approval to legislation that prohibits invasive pat-downs by federal airport security agents after incorporating changes that led House Speaker Joe Straus to drop his resistance to the bill.
The Senate passed its own watered-down version of the bill Monday night. The measure now goes back to the House for another vote today.
Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, chief sponsor of the bill in the Senate, acknowledged that it will be a challenge to get the measure to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk before the Legislature’s special session ends Wednesday.
The bill would expand the federal definition of “official oppression” to ban federal employees from improperly touching a person’s private areas. Violations would constitute a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum $4,000 fine.