After more than 160 years of no searches at entrances to the Statehouse, visitors will soon have to open up their bags.
A law increasing security passed two years ago, and the changes the law required are now finally put into place. Luke Stedke of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board says the new measures strike a careful balance.
The Broad Street entrance to the Statehouse has been closed, and new checkpoints have been installed at the remaining entrances. Cameras monitored by state troopers that were installed in the Statehouse renovation of 1996 are being upgraded. The security changes are expected to cost around 2 million dollars.