Capitol To Get 3 Million in Security Upgrades

Four months after a man fired several shots into the air at the Texas Capitol, the State Reservation Board has voted to add security measures at the historic building. Jack Williams reports.

The board voted 5-1 to install metal detectors and a better camera system, along with increasing patrols around the Capitol complex. The enhanced security will cost around $3 million and could change the way thousands of visitors get access to the building. Four main entrances will stay open, but x-ray machines, bomb sniffing dogs and enhanced tactical response teams will be added.

Governor Rick Perry voted against the upgrades, saying they could make things difficult for visitors. The new measures could be in place in 45 days.

In January, a man fired a gun outside the Capitol building, prompting a security review that resulted in the security upgrades.  


Jack Williams

Jack Williams

News Director and Afternoon Host

Jack Williams is HPM’s news director and afternoon host on News 88.7. He’s been with the organization since 2000, including stints as a reporter and news anchor. Jack leads the largest public radio newsroom in Texas and has overseen significant growth in HPM’s news division since he became news director...

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