Today the Texas House of Representatives approved a bill that would make invasive TSA pat downs a misdemeanor crime subject to a $4000 fine or one year in jail. To become law, it requires final passage in both the Texas House and Senate. Good for Texas and the bipartisan effort there to end TSA misdeeds!
Whether such state laws could be struck down by the federal courts if challenged by the administration is the question. Ordinarily, federal law (as long as it is in accordance with the U.S. Constitution) supersedes state law.
So, although Texas deserves a big hurrah for taking this step (and any further ones), what really needs to happen is that Congress must act and void the federal laws/regulations that currently are being used by the TSA as a its authority for continuing to grope airline passengers who have done nothing more than decided to fly and were then “randomly” chosen for “special” inspection.
So, again, Lynn Woolsey, where are YOU? Time to take action in the U.S. House of Representatives!