The state Senate continues to swat away the frivolous, the extreme and the downright wacky legislation sent its way by the House. The latest House bill killed by the Senate is House Bill 628, which would have mandated a state database to track and review alleged abuses by federal airport security.
HB 628 began life as the infamous “Don’t Touch My Junk” bill in which TSA agents could have been charged with sexual assault and placed on the sex offender registry for touching or viewing a person’s breasts or genitals.
Free Stater Rep. Andrew Manuse sponsored the bill and defended it writing, “When a government official can conduct a body cavity search for no other reason than ‘a person bought an airplane ticket,’ it is clear that we do not have liberty.”
HB 628 was championed by House Speaker Bill O’Brien who declared, “Our citizens should not be forced to have their rights trampled just to board an airplane or to work at an airport.”
Republican Sen. Jim Raucsh disagreed but was diplomatic. The bill, he said, “would place local and state law enforcement in an adversarial position to the federal agents. Police do not want to be in that situation.”