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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 12, 2015) – This week the State Budget Committee will consider a proposal to install turnstile security doors at the Statehouse.

The proposed price tag? $873,000.

The Department of Administration said the doors are part of a larger $1.2 million initiative to improve security by the IODA, Homeland Security and State Police.

“We live in a dangerous world today,” State Senate Pro Tem David Long said back in March, when security at the Statehouse increased with State Police stationed at every entrance checking IDs at the request of some lawmakers.

“As you all know we walk in off the parking lot at 8:30 in the morning, the doors are wide open and there wasn’t anybody checking to see who was coming in,” Long said.

The thought is the proposed turnstile doors would prevent anyone from slipping into the Statehouse, following behind someone with a proper ID.

“We recognize people need access into these buildings and we are very cognizant of the delicate balance between access and security,” IDOA Commissioner Jessica Robertson said in a statement.

The State Budget Committee will consider the request Friday at a meeting at Purdue University.

State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville), a member of the budget committee, told our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Star he has some questions about the proposal, concerned it could make it more difficult for Hoosiers to easily access the Statehouse.

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