Arizona shooting could bring changes to WA Capitol

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 10 at 8:22 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State lawmakers in Olympia usually only deal with State of Washington concerns. But on the opening day of this year's session, the weekend shootings in Arizona were front and center.

Before Senators were sworn in, members honored those killed and injured in Tuscon with a moment of silence.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said staffers are reviewing security protocols.

"It's very likely all legislators here have received threats of some kind from angry people," said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle.

Kohl-Welles said the shooting could prompt a move to bring metal detectors back to the entrances at the State Capitol.

"I think a lot of us would feel better if we had them," said Kohl-Welles.

Metal detectors were installed in Olympia in 2005. They were removed a year later to save money and because lawmakers felt they were not necessary.

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