Lawmakers Complain About Security at Gov's Mansion 3/1/13
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers expressed outrage because they must
submit to computerized searches for warrants before entering the governor's
House Appropriations Vice Chairman Sylvester Turner complained Thursday that
as an elected official with a special identification card, he should not have to
undergo the screening.
Turner said he had to wait for state troopers to run a check on him when he
hosted a meeting of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus at the mansion.
Other lawmakers who also underwent similar screenings asked why the card
that grants them access to the Capitol is not good enough to access the
governor's mansion, which is also a public building.
Department of Public Safety Steve McCraw said he recommended that everyone
who goes on to the mansion grounds must undergo a check for warrants.