On May 24, 2011, the Texas Senate read on the floor for the first time HB 1937, which bans the TSA and any other State or Federal Government official from using a “pat-down” without probable cause as a condition for entering an airplane or a public building.

Earlier that Tuesday, the US Department of Justice delivered a letter to the Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst threatening the State of Texas with legal action if they passed this bill:

If HR 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

Let’s be absolutely clear here: the Federal Government just threatened to make Texas a no-fly zone if they can’t sexually assault us.

During the hearing, Senator Patrick, one of the Senate bill’s sponsors, defended HB 1937 and denounced the DOJ’s actions as threatening and insulting. Indeed, the Federal Government is not allowed to lobby for legislation in any state, yet here they are not only lobbying but threatening us! Finally, Patrick called this a “Come and Take It” moment in front of the entire Senate.

Yet despite his impassioned speech in support of the bill, Senator Patrick withdrew the bill from consideration that evening, not even allowing it to come to a vote.

Senator Patrick is right, this is our “Come and Take It” moment, and we need to TAKE ACTION NOW and let the Senate know that they MUST act. We need to let Lt. Gov. Dewhurst know that Texans WILL NOT stand by and let the Senate COWER before the ridiculous Department of Justice. The Senate knows the DOJ is wrong, we need to tell them to do what is right.

Call your Senator today and use our email form below to make a difference IMMEDIATELY. If Texas does not lead here, not only is our legislative defense doomed but many other states’ will be as well.

Action Items:

1. Use the email contact form below to message the entire Senate and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.

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2. Contact your Senator :: Find your Senator and his office number by clicking here. For a list of all Texas Senators, click here. Please call all of them, but especially focus your attention on the bill’s sponsor, Senator Patrick (512-463-0107), and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (512-463-0001).

3. Contact Governor Perry’s office by clicking here. Please feel free to copy and paste the same information from the above form in your message to Governor Perry.

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