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Texas House to take up airport pat-down ban

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House is set to debate a statewide ban of so-called "intrusive" airport security pat-downs.

The measure was revived by Gov. Rick Perry, who is still deliberating whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination. He added it to the Legislature's special session agenda under pressure from tea party supporters.

The bill would punish public servants who perform pat-downs considered excessive, making performing them a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The House approved the measure during the Legislature's regular session, but it died in the Senate after federal officials threatened to ground flights in Texas.

The bill would make it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch "the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person," even through clothing.