Minn. Panel Grapples With Capitol Security Bill

 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation creating a task force with a special Capitol security focus is proving to be a work in progress.

A Senate committee considered then put off action on the proposal on Monday. The task force would provide annual assessments about security and recommendations for upgrades.

Senators were grappling with whether to open to the proposed panel’s meetings to the public or presume they’re all closed. Sponsors said discussions of security vulnerabilities should be handled privately. Transparency advocates say it’s wrong to limit public participation in setting guidelines for public buildings.

The bill also would put more Minnesota leaders in line for special, but temporary security protection.

The bill is likely to come up again later in the week in the Senate Committee on State Government Innovation and Veterans.

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  1. I dont get it? says:

    Why? Thats all i want to know….why? Because of what happened in Arizona?

    I heard some guy in Texas got shot at a gas station recently down there…..i haven’t started to wear a bullet proof vest when i go for gas.

    My point being there are NO real or credibly threats against our representatives….so why the hell are they asking for more money to protect their sorry butts?

  2. MJ says:

    If they could actually put together a budget, I would be a happy camper. Waiting until the last minute – special session coming!

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