Texas Legislature adjourns, 2 Perry bills fail

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 3:13 PM
Texas Legislature adjourns, 2 Perry bills fail

The Texas Legislature has adjourned its special session without passing two of Gov. Rick Perry's priority bills.

Lawmakers took care of key budget-related and insurance bills that were critical to the state's operations before Wednesday's deadline. But bills on immigration and airport security died.

Perry is considering a run for president in 2012 and the measures would have boosted his reputation among conservatives, particularly tea party supporters.

The immigration bill would have forced local law enforcement to give federal immigration laws the same priority as any other crime. Police chiefs and sheriffs opposed the measure because it would prevent them from setting priorities.

The airport security bill would have prohibited screeners from patting-down travelers without reasonable suspicion that they were carrying contraband. Screeners could have faced a year in jail.