Last session’s controversial anti-groping measure is back before the Texas Legislature. The proposed law, sponsored by Tea Party Republican David Simpson, would have criminalized excessive touching by agents during airport security patdowns.

The bill faced hurdles from its inception. Fellow Republican House Speaker Joe Straus was among those leading the charge against the legislation, calling it “unenforceable and misdirected.” The debate eventually made national headlines in 2011 when federal officials threatened to shut down airports across the country if the bill became law. It eventually died in the Senate.

The House State Affairs committee is hearing testimony regarding HB 80, this afternoon. This session’s version of the bill will likely be less contentious. It clarifies that security agents must be deliberately touching inappropriately, as opposed to incidentally during pat downs.