As Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and other Texas officials continue to wrangle with the federal government over issues like environmental regulations and health care reform, state lawmakers could widen the conflict with bills in the 2013 legislative session that would push back against perceived federal overreach.
Two recently filed bills deal with homeland security. HB 149 addresses portions of the National Defense Authorization Act, and HB 80 takes on searches conducted by the Transportation Security Administration. Both bills challenge federal authority in Texas.