A state panel is readying recommendations for firming up Minnesota Capitol safety that include a near-doubling of troopers and security officers to watch over the seat of government and 16 area buildings.
Calls for a security bulk-up are in a draft report awaiting approval from a task force led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon and comprised of legislators, law enforcement leaders and judicial branch designees. The panel will finalize recommendations during two upcoming meetings with a goal of winning action from the 2013 Legislature.
The preliminary report seeks growth in state trooper ranks from two to 12 and other security personnel from 40 to 67.
Unlike other states, Minnesota Capitol visitors and staff don't pass through metal detectors. For now, the report is silent on whether they should.