BRIEF: House, Senate Visiting Hours Return after Armed Man Prompted Restrictions
BOISE, Feb 28, 2013 (The Times-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
After security video of an armed man prompted restrictions, House and Senate chamber visitation hours will return to normal Thursday at the Idaho Statehouse.
This session, the House and Senate both imposed restricted visitor hours after security footage showed an armed man rifling through House members' desks and trash bins during a tour. Previously, visitors had been able to enter the chambers whenever the Capitol was open -- 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. After the Jan. 10 incident, which broke no laws, visitors couldn't enter the chambers after 6 p.m. on weekdays or at all on weekends.
Nothing in particular prompted the change back to normal hours, said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley.
"I think it's just time," Bedke said, adding it was a joint decision between him and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg.
Bedke said legislative leaders would contact the Department of Administration about the decision on Thursday.
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