Action delayed on Indiana Statehouse doors security upgrade

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Action is being delayed on a request from Gov. Mike Pence’s administration that would spend $873,000 upgrading security at entrances to the state government complex.

Skeptical lawmakers on the State Budget Committee said Friday more discussion is needed because Pence’s administration did not provide enough information about the project.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley said the administration seemed to expect a “rubber stamp.” The Noblesville Republican said he was concerned security upgrades, including turnstiles at entrances, could amount to harassing the regular employees at the Statehouse and two neighboring office buildings.

The Indiana Department of Administration says upgrades are needed to prevent possible security threats, including disgruntled employees or homegrown terrorists inspired by the Islamic State group.

Pence has said the request is about putting public safety first.