Texas Pat-Down Ban May Spark New Fight with Feds

By WILL WEISSERT
|  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:18 PM CDT
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Perry's Pat-Down Ban Picks Fight with Feds?

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A woman undergoes a pat-down during security screening.

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Gov. Rick Perry may be picking a fight with the U.S. Justice Department by reviving a state bill to ban "intrusive" searches by airport security personnel.

But it's the kind of Washington vs. states' rights fight the Republican has built a career on.

At Perry's behest, state lawmakers will take up the so-called "anti-groping" measure targeting airport security screeners during their ongoing special session. The federal government has threatened to cancel flights if it passes.

Analysts say that's an empty threat, but that Perry is also grandstanding.

Still, as he mulls a presidential run, the move is sure to win Perry points with tea party followers who support the bill.

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