CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers may soon be asked to consider a change in security at the state capitol for those who frequent the building during times like the legislative session.
Kevin Foreman, director of state Protective Services, told members of the Senate Finance Committee last week some language may be added to a bill that would create another way for those frequent visitors to gain access to the building without going through the two screening areas for the general public.
“You’ve given me some good news,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Craig Blair (R-Berkeley) told Foreman.
Blair said he’s often asked by those frequent users if there could be a way to skip the security line. There are many lobbyists and others who come to the capitol most every day during the 60-day session.
Foreman said the language under consideration would include a $250 fee for things like a background check. He said he’s already spoken with Justice administration Chief of Staff Mike Hall about the idea.
According to Foreman, the House Judiciary Committee already has a bill in its possession impacting Protective Services and the language could be added there. Foreman told Blair money collected from the fee would help the agency.
The division began limiting access points to the capitol two years ago. There are two entrance points for the general public. Employees, some members of the media and vendors fall under other access provisions.