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Airport security bill fuels tension

from Abilene Reporter-News

Texas legislators advanced measures on Monday that would criminalize intentional, inappropriate touching by airport security screeners, but the legislation was so watered down it angered the conservative activists whose noisy Capitol protests pushed lawmakers to take up the issue. The new version of the bill would still make it a misdemeanor punishable for up to a year in jail to touch a person's sexual organs and other sensitive areas. But now it gives security officials a defense to prosecution if they act with "reasonable suspicion" that the search is necessary. more

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