- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature is adding security measures, but the House and Senate differ on what’s needed to protect lawmakers and the public.

House Speaker David Gowan announced Thursday that people entering the building will be screened using metal detectors. Creating new entries, buying the needed equipment and other security upgrades will cost about $290,000.

The Senate is taking far less drastic measures and spending $70,000. Chief of Staff Wendy Baldo says entryways are being revamped so security staff can see who is entering, protective security film is being added over the entryway glass and additional video cameras are being installed.

She said metal detectors were rejected because they would hinder public access.

Gowan said the House changes were needed “in light of the global increase in attacks on public venues.”

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