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New Security Measures At Arizona House Have Big Price Tag

Construction of the new security system in the Arizona House of Representatives went over budget — by a lot. The project cost almost double its original projection.

Beefing up security at the House meant adding metal detectors, gun lockers and a Kevlar wall. And the Arizona Capitol Times reports the price tag for that was $442,000, well over the original estimated cost of $229,000.

Former House Speaker David Gowan approved the new security measures, citing an increasing number of attacks on public venues. The project was completed just before Gowan left office in January.

The House Administration Committee is now considering changing or removing some of the security apparatus, saying not all of it makes sense.

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.