New security regulations announced for the Capitol

FRANKFORT, KY. (WKYT/WYMT) - As the 2019 legislative session progresses, new security measures were announced for the Kentucky Capitol building.

Governor Matt Bevin says the new rules are intended to keep people safe, especially after large rallies in the Capitol last year as lawmakers debated pension reform.

Others say the regulations go too far and are keeping people from getting open access to their government.

The big focus of the changes is on the third floor where both the House and Senate meet. According to the new regulations, crowds will no longer be able to gather outside of either chamber and officials will crack down on enforcing gallery passes needed to watch proceedings inside.

People without passes might also run into restrictions using the underground tunnel connecting the capitol and the capitol annex.

State police say some of these changes are due to the safety hazards of overcrowding and congested hallways.

Others say the move will limit the public's access to confront lawmakers and make their voices heard.

"The capitol building doesn't belong to this governor, it doesn't belong to me or any individual. This capitol building is the people's house and they ought to have the access they need," said House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins.

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