More uniformed security personnel are being hired to help keep watch on the state Capitol and nearby buildings. An advisory task force on Capitol security heard Wednesday that four additional state troopers and as many as two dozen trained security officers will be hired now that the Legislature has increased the security budget.
Gun owners who want to legally carry weapons into the Minnesota Capitol could soon have to provide more precise information to authorities. An Advisory Committee on Capitol Security voted 3-2 on Thursday to recommend a change to state law.
Minnesota lawmakers are recommending far-reaching updates to State Capitol security, but they are stopping short of banning guns inside the Capitol and surrounding buildings. Minnesota is one of only 14 states to allow legal permit holders to carry guns inside the Capitol building. Permit holders are allowed to carry in the Capitol and surrounding buildings if they notify the State Department of Public Safety of their intention.
A task force studying security at Minnesota’s Capitol is starting a review of regulations for having firearms in the building. The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security has two hearings planned on the topic, the first coming Wednesday. Next week, the panel expects to take public testimony.
An advisory task force has forwarded proposed legislation to Minnesota lawmakers that would dramatically expand the Capitol complex security force.
A committee charged with recommending security upgrades for the 17-building Minnesota Capitol complex expects to review a preliminary report next month and approve it by mid-January.
Legislation creating a task force with a special Capitol security focus is proving to be a work in progress.
It seems speedy drivers in Wisconsin caught a break while state troopers were monitoring union rallies at the Capitol.
Gov. Mark Dayton and top lawmakers are activating a panel on Capitol security to recommend ways to keep the building safe for visitors, staff and officials.
Capt. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol says when it comes to security it’s hard to tell when enough is enough.