There are now enough Texas representatives and senators supporting the Anti-TSA Groping bills to pass this legislation! Now we need your help convincing Governor Perry to bring these bills before the special session for a vote.
Here are the facts:
Rep. David Simpson, author of the Anti-TSA Groping Bill in the Texas House, has confirmed 102 coauthors for his proposed special session bill HB 41 (formerly HB 1937) — far more than enough support to pass this bill. As of yesterday, June 10, TSA Tyranny confirmed that 18 Texas senators support HB 41, as well as Sen. Dan Patrick’s Senate version of the bill, SB 29. Of the remaining 13 Texas senators, 10 have not confirmed their positions on HB 41 and SB 29 and 3 are opposed to these bills.
The Special Session
On May 30, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced a special session which did not include the Anti-TSA Groping legislation. On May 31, Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst sent a letter to the governor that said: “Special Session − I believe that it would be in the best interest of all Texans to start tomorrow and ask you to consider including the following bills in your call:” Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s request included the itemized listing of: “HB 1937 – Relating to prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation.”
Lt. Governor Dewhurst concluded his letter by informing Governor Perry that only a simple majority vote will be required to pass bills during the special session:
“As you know, certain Senate procedures — such as the two-thirds tradition — exist to bring Democrats and Republicans together, encouraging Members to work in good faith in order to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Texas. Given that a small number of Senate Democrats have demonstrated their unwillingness to find consensus on these important legislative items, I can see no other alternative than to operate under a simple majority vote in the Special Session.”
More than a simple majority of our Texas representatives and senators now support the Anti-TSA Groping legislation, which means that HB 41 and SB 29 will pass if these bills are brought before the special session by Governor Rick Perry. But we must act quickly to tell the governor the support he has been waiting for is now there—before the special session ends.
Governor Perry Will Bring HB 41 and SB 29 Before the Special Session If He Believes They Will Pass!
The Waco Tea Party reported that, during a May 31 conference call with Governor Perry regarding the special session, Governor Perry indicated he will only bring the Anti-TSA Groping bills before the special session if it is clear the bills will pass. At this point we have clear support for these bills in both the House and the Senate. Now we must ensure that Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Governor Perry are aware of this simple majority support and urge them to bring these bills before the special session!