ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More Minnesota leaders could be in line for special security protection under a bipartisan bill coming up on its first legislative hearing.

The bill would direct state public safety officials to provide temporary security to Minnesota Supreme Court justices, legislators or statewide officeholders if credible threats arise. Currently, the State Patrol has a full-time security detail for the governor.

The bill was on Monday’s agenda for the Senate Committee on State Government Innovation and Veterans.

The measure is part of a push for stepped-up awareness about Capitol security issues. The bill creates a task force that would provide an annual assessment about security and recommendations for upgrades. The task force would be permitted to meet in private, which has already drawn concern from those who promote government transparency.

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Comments (17)
  1. Dev Lopper says:

    Spend more idiots

  2. hoover says:

    Oh please – are you kidding me? With the state of the economy, they’re going to hire security to protect politicians? If someone wants to hurt someone, they find a way, regardless of the security they have……this is ridiculous!!!!!

    1. hoskerdoo says:

      And replace the state troopers that guard the govener and his family with less expensive private security 100,000 a year x 4 to babysit the governers family – take them shopping – take the kids to soccer, etc. Ridicules.

  3. Riley says:

    I would like to see you put your life on the line every time you walk out the door. See how much costs to your wife and children.

    1. Yelper says:

      That’s about the stupidest comment I’ve read yet….

  4. Yelper says:

    Bodyguards are not going to protect that lard-a _ _ Tony Sutton from all the cheeseburgers and fries he eats!

  5. Hmm says:

    Waste of tax money.

  6. James says:

    Not really surprised considering the hateful legislation that we get to enjoy next year. (not that anyone who is targeted would actually consider) but the bullies always get protection for some reason.

  7. julian m says:

    wow, they can’t make-up their mind how to spend our tax money,how much do they make a year? let them pay for it if they feel the need, if they start with one then they will all want it for free along with the free car and gas card

  8. EdW says:

    “if credible threats arise.”. Would that be at threat level orange? Sigh…

  9. John Sherman says:

    What are you afriad of? yourselfs? and yourselfs why are these threats arising .

  10. Kevin says:

    Since when is any person’s safety more important than any other person’s safety? Those people chose to work at those jobs. If they want extra safety protection they should pay for it theirselves.

  11. mwallek says:

    What are we wasting money on this for?

  12. JacgueatYA says:

    More junk legislation from a legislature that’s out of ideas on the real problems of the state except to find ways to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable people. Apparently the “Reduce Big Government” Repuplicans aren’t opposed to increasing the cost of government when it comes to the things they think are important like restricting voting rights and protecting animal abusers. A wonderful legacy for this legislature to be proud of.

  13. Todd says:

    Yeah, cut police and fire for the average Joe but when it comes to their safety they will spend whatever it takes. What next? They already are overpaid but want to cut everyone elses salary (haven’t heard the “cut state govt officials salary” yet.

    This will really make your constituents happy.

  14. Bob V says:

    Aw C’mon!! This is Minnesota, sure we have our crackpots and nuts, but get real. The justices can apply for a concealed weapons permit and pack a pistol. The politicians can, umm, can…..Well, wear a bullet proof vest.

  15. WHAT????? says:

    Maybe they would not have to be scared if they did their jobs and ran the state in a fair and balanced way. I or anyone that I know have never been threatened for nothing, you have to make someone mad for them to want to do something to you. I also know that you cannot please all the people all the time, but can they at least try to please someone other than themselves once in a while?

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