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Minnesota Legislative Session Begins. Franken Talks School Security

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 8:13 am

Tuesday at noon a new legislative session will take place in Minnesota, where the top priority will be the state budget and the projected $1.1 billion deficit.

In a recent suggestion to the legislature, a state task force advised lawmakers to jack up security at the State’s capitol building in St.Paul where the main focus is “more people, and less technology”.

With a panel headed by Lietunenant Governor Yvonne Solon, a finalzed recommendation was made to lawmakers Monday, stating the number of State Troopers and Security Guards would increase from 42 to 79 if the plan was followed.

The Task Force did not make any recommendations for metal detectors, and also did not address the cost of improvements & funding.

Minnesota State Senator Al Franken is also voicing his opinnion early on. Franken visited an Eagan Middle School on the topic of school security earlier last week. Franken talked specifically with administrators, safety experts and counselors to trade ideas on how school safety in the state could be improved only three weeks after the CT school shootings.

Franken said in a statement, “In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, we are looking at a lot of issues regarding school safety, regarding mental health”.

Elsewhere in Minnesota, Representative Tony Cornish has plans to introduce a bill that would allow teachers to carry weapons in the 2013 legislative session.

Franken is also co-sponsoring a bill that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, but was noncommittal about whether he supports renewing an assault weapons ban.

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