A freshman lawmaker wants $250,000 to stop vans and other vehicles packed with explosives from blowing up the Legislature.
Rep. John Allen, a Republican from Scottsdale, said Thursday that he wants the money to build security gates and barriers around the Capitol in Phoenix.
Allen says it wouldn’t keep the public out but it would keep cars loaded with bombs from driving up to the House and Senate.
“This is not a public hindrance, it’s a simple low tech solution to a problem where we’ve left ourselves vulnerable,” Allen said. “All you have to do is ride the Ryder truck up and there’s nothing you can do.”
There is little security at the Legislature right now compared to many other government buildings like court houses. There are no walls or barriers around the Capitol and no metal detectors in the legislative chambers.
Allen wants pipe barriers to surround the area and security gates where lawmakers park their cars.
This is Allen’s second stint at the Legislature as he returns after being gone for six years. He says he’s not sure how much the project will really cost.
He added that his bill (HB2121) was meant to be a conversation starter about security at the Capitol.