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After Protests, Scott Urges Measured Approach To Statehouse Security

Angela Evancie
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, shown here on Jan. 8, says he wants to keep the Statehouse as open as possible, though demonstrations in the House chamber last week have led some lawmakers to call for tougher security.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he wants the state to be deliberate about any changes to Statehouse security in the wake of last week's disruptive protests.

After demonstrators interrupted proceedings in the House chamber last week, some lawmakers renewed calls for tougher security in the Statehouse.

That debate began last year with the formation of the Capitol Complex Security Working Group.

Scott is the chairman of that panel, but he says he doesn't want lawmakers to be hasty in implementing new security measures.

"We're not ready – I think we have to have that discussion, we have to have debate, we have to have people testify," he said Tuesday on VPR's Vermont Edition. "I want to keep the Statehouse as open as possible."

A report to the working group last year was highly critical of the lack of security and crisis response training for the Statehouse staff and capitol police.

The working group meets again this Friday.

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