AMAN BATHEJA AND ANDREA AHLES AAHLES
March 8, 2011
A bipartisan group of more than 20 state lawmakers have signed on in support of measures to ban the TSA from using controversial screening procedures in Texas airports.
State Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview, and Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, have gotten about 20 fellow legislators to co-author bills the pair filed last week banning the use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-down searches on fliers.
The supporters include lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum, including Fort Worth Democrat Lon Burnam, one of the most liberal members of the Legislature, and Tyler Republican Leo Berman, a staunch social conservative.
“You’ve got civil libertarians. You’ve got conservative Christians,” Simpson said. “One fellow legislator told me, ‘If this doesn’t fly out of committee, I don’t know what will.'”
One of the bills would ban “body imaging scanning equipment” from being installed or operated in any airport in Texas.