The anti-groping bill and the pro-incandescent light bulb bill.
Texas has been a thorn in the side of the Obama administration on every level. It is deeply conservative and votes Republican. It refused to spend bailout funds the way the administration desired. It is fighting to keep the EPA from destroying its vital businesses. It is a part of the majority of states that are legally challenging ObamaCare. And if that were not enough to aggervate the Obama administration there are two more items on Texas’ agenda that will!
The Texas Congress first attempted to pass a bill that made it illegal for the TSA to pat down people at the airport without a warrant. That bill passed with flying colors in the Texas House, but the moment the bill hit the Senate floor federal officials marched on the scene with a letter from the Department of Justice warning of the potential consequences – that is Texas becoming a no-fly zone. Sadly the Senators cowered at the power move by the feds, but the issue is far from over! From WOAI:
Texas lawmakers will reconsider a bill that would criminalize ‘enhanced pat downs’ by Transportation Security Administration agents at the state’s airports, after Gov. Rick Perry placed the item on the agenda for the current special session of the legislature following intense pressure from conservatives and tea party groups, 1200 WOAI news has learned.
“I am grateful that the governor heard the calls of the people demanding that lawmakers stand up for the liberties of Texans,” Wesley Strackbein, a conservative activist and founder of’ TSA Tyranny.com’ told 1200 WOAI news. Strackbein Saturday traveled to New Orleans to confront Perry at a book signing event and demand that the item be placed on the legislative agenda.
The bill’s chief sponsor, freshman State Representative David Simpson, says he has the support needed to pass the bill, pointing out that 121 of the 181 members of the Texas Legislature, Democrat and Republican, have signed on as co sponsors.
“This is your opportunity to show America that you have what it takes to lead this state and the nation by enforcing the Constitution of this state and the United States which both protect innocent people from unreasonable searches of their person by their own government,” Simpson said in an ‘open letter’ to Perry.
Maybe this time Texas Senators will make the right choice and send a message to Washington to not touch or junk! Michigan is considering a similar law.
When you talk about the economy you probably do not think of light bulbs, but that is exactly what Texas Governor Rick Perry is thinking about.
In 2007 the liberal Congress in Washington passed a law that does a phased ban of the common incandescent bulbs you probably have all around your house. Like many liberal ideas the plan had good-hearted environmental intentions, but the fact that compact fluorescent bulbs are dramatically more expensive, almost exclusively made in foreign countries, and pose a greater health hazard did not matter. So while the cheaper incandescent bulbs will fade to black in other states the Texas Congress is telling those companies turn on their lights in the Lonestar State. From Fox News:
State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas – and sold in that state – avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
“Let there be light,” state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. “It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. … It’s a good day for Texas.”