On Monday June 20th, Governor Perry announced that the TSA bill will be added to the Texas Legislature’s special session agenda. The Governor’s Office issued a press release Monday afternoon addressing the legislation following weeks of demonstrated public support for the issue via phone calls and emails and an open letter from the bill’s primary author, Rep. David Simpson.
The proclamation from the desk of Governor reads as follows:
TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-SECOND TEXAS LEGISLATURE, FIRST CALLED SESSION:
WHEREAS, the people of Texas, through their state constitution, have placed the power to call the legislature into special session in the hands of the chief executive officer of the state; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, First Called Session, have now convened to consider items presented to them by the governor;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas, by the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 8, and Article III, Section 40, of the Texas Constitution, do hereby present the following subject matter to the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, First Called Session, for consideration:
Legislation relating to prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 20th day of June, 2011.
Governor of Texas
StopAustinScanners.org reported last week that there were sufficient votes in both the House and Senate to pass the bill, which was Perry’s requirement for him to call for its addition to the agenda. It is our belief that it is now only a matter of time before this bill becomes law, and we commend the Texas legislature for staying the course and ensuring the preservation of constitutional rights in Texas.