AUSTIN, Texas (June 29) – Last ditch efforts to save a bill that would restrict the TSA’s ability to conduct invasive pat-downs in the Lone Star State failed Wednesday afternoon.
The Texas Senate passed its own version of the anti-groping legislation (SB29) 19-11 Tuesday evening and promptly adjourned, leaving representatives just one day to consider the bill.
The House passed the second reading of the Senate bill 106-27, with 16 representatives absent.
But with the end of the special session looming, House members had to vote to suspend the Texas Constitution’s three day reading rule and allow a second vote on SB29 later Wednesday. Several representatives left after the second reading, and the vote to suspend the rules fell short of the 4/5 majority needed on a 96-26 vote.Details