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Capitol security committee would continue under bill that clears House

First enacted in 2012, the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security is directed to assess safety and security risks in the Capitol area and discuss developments that might affect those risks in the future.

But at a time when being vigilant and keeping members, staff and visitors safe has become even more of a focus, the commission is scheduled to cease.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia), HF3805 would remove the June 30, 2022 sunset date.

Passed 115-9 by the House Friday, the bill next goes to the Senate where Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) is the sponsor.

“We applaud a peaceful protest, but sometimes it goes a little sideways,” Nash said.

Per its website, “By Jan. 15 each year, ACCAS provides a general assessment of security in the Capitol Area, describes improvements implemented, and recommend future improvements. It also offers recommendations for capital or operating expenditures, statutory changes, or other changes in security-related policies or practices. All this information is presented in an annual report, which can also include draft legislation to implement any recommended changes in law.” 

The Transportation Department will continue to absorb the committee’s $4,000 cost.

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