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Florida Rep. Ritch Workman Will Look Into TSA Diaper-gate Issues

Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman says he will look at the issues a states'-rights group raised about a controversial TSA frisking, but he isn't committing to anything yet.

The Florida 10th Amendment Center this week condemned the TSA for its aggressive patdown of a 95-year-old grandmother at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The wheelchair-bound woman said TSA agents ordered her to remove her adult diaper.

Workman, who sponsored a 10th Amendment resolution at the 2010 Legislature, said, "I see the need for federal agencies to control access to interstate air traffic, although the TSA seems to have expanded its role without authorization. I will look at the issue with Mr. Nappi."

But Workman stopped short of pledging to introduce legislation curtailing TSA activity.

"Let's be clear, the federal government has been violating the 10th Amendment since the 10th Amendment was written. Whatever the Kool-Aid is in D.C., they lose sight of the amendment," said Workman, R-Melbourne.

"The state's duty and prerogative is to hold [the federal government] accountable," he said, adding, "This fight should be fought in Washington, D.C."

In 2010, Workman's 10th Amendment resolution, designed to strengthen states' rights, garnered 62 co-sponsors in the Florida House but never got a hearing.

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