A special session in the Texas Legislature came to an end without a vote on a bill that would have banned certain parts of the Transportation Safety Administration’s pat-down procedure.
The legislation would have made the touching of a passenger’s genitalia by a TSA agent a criminal act, reports The Hill.
According to the news source, the bill had been watered down by lawmakers, who allowed the session to expire without taking a vote on the measure. However, the bill’s sponsor, Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), said that he would continue to try to pass the legislation.
“We will never give up the fight for liberty,” the lawmaker said on Facebook. “Though we were not successful in passing the TSA bill to protect travelers’ dignity, I am continually encouraged by the efforts of so many Texans who have fought hard to see the Constitution upheld.”
Simpson has said that he proposed the bill to preserve the rights of travelers in the United States, reports The Los Angeles Times.
“In any other situation, touching of private parts is sexual assault unless you have probable cause, are in a marriage or other relationship that is consensual,” he said.