COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Security procedures are increasing at the Ohio Statehouse next week.
The State Highway Patrol says beginning Monday, visitors to the public building must pass through a metal detector. Troopers will continue to inspect bags and purses, but backpacks will be prohibited.
Patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan said Wednesday that in light of the recent Paris attacks, the patrol revisited the building’s security procedures with legislative leaders, the governor and the board that oversees the Statehouse. They determined measures should be strengthened to ensure people’s safety.
The patrol says it’s also limiting entry to the building to two street-level entrances. People could still enter through the underground parking garage, but the building’s High Street entrance will be closed.
More than 200,000 people visit the capitol annually, and hundreds work there.
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