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DPS responds to questions about bag checks in abortion debate

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    The Texas Department of Public Safety says some protesters tried to carry what appears to be urine, feces and paint into the gallery as senators gather to vote again on new abortion restrictions.
    The Texas Department of Public Safety says some protesters tried to carry what appears to be urine, feces and paint into the gallery as senators gather to vote again on new abortion restrictions.

The Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety is responding to questions about DPS troopers stopping people trying to carry bodily wastes into a Senate hearing on abortion last Friday.

State Representative Donna Howard sent a letter to DPS, questioning whether people actually attempted to bring jars of urine and feces into the senate gallery.

Tuesday, DPS Director Steven McCraw released his detailed response.

He says not only did visitors try to bring in urine and feces some tried bringing in paint, confetti, glitter, handheld air horns, a bag full of tomatoes and large numbers of feminine hygiene products.

McCraw says troopers did not confiscate the items, but told visitors they must store the items elsewhere or throw them out before entering the gallery.

Part of the letter reads, "This action was intended to deter potential criminal activity rather than react to it. Visitors were not allowed access to the senate gallery if they possessed items that could either constitute a public safety threat if thrown or be used to disrupt the proceedings."

He says DPS kept no record of who tried bringing the items in, because possessing them is not a crime.

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