ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state panel is readying recommendations for firming up Minnesota Capitol safety that include a near-doubling of troopers and security officers to watch over the seat of government and 16 area buildings.

Calls for a security bulk-up are in a draft report awaiting approval from a task force led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon and comprised of legislators, law enforcement leaders and judicial branch designees. The panel will finalize recommendations during two upcoming meetings with a goal of winning action from the 2013 Legislature.

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The preliminary report seeks growth in state trooper ranks from two to 12 and other security personnel from 40 to 67.

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Unlike other states, Minnesota Capitol visitors and staff don’t pass through metal detectors. For now, the report is silent on whether they should.

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