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House likely to vote on TSA pat-down bill

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House will get a chance to vote on a bill to criminalize invasive pat-downs at airports on Wednesday. But the bill faces an uphill battle to get final passage.

The Texas Legislature's special session runs out at midnight Wednesday. In order to send the so-called anti-groping bill to the governor, the bill must get 120 out of 150 votes.

Lawmakers say that is unlikely because 49 Democrats may vote against the bill because supporters characterize it as defying Obama Administration policies.

The bill would make it a crime for airport security to intentionally touch someone inappropriately without reasonable suspicion. It would make only a slight change to existing law and may be unenforceable. But supporters say it protests how the Transportation Security Administration conducts enhanced pat-downs.