by Max Brantley
Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam is directing that increased security measures be put in place for the House Chamber. Metal detectors have now been placed at the entrances to the House galleries.The release made no mention of whether any specific thing prompted the changes. A spokesman said it was just "precautionary." I'm also inquiring about any additional measures in the Senate.
“In addition to the increased screening at entry points, I have also directed that additional security guards be stationed at public entrances to the House,” said Speaker Gillam. “These additional measures may result in a few more minutes for individuals to enter the House. The knowledge that our members and the public are in a safe facility is well worth the time.”
All individuals interested in watching House proceedings in the Chamber are encouraged to come to the screening checkpoints several minutes in advance of proceedings.
Entrances to the House gallery are located on the 4th floor on the north side of the Capitol.