AUSTIN (February 28, 2013)--Texas lawmakers expressed outrage Thursday because they’re required to submit to computerized searches for warrants before entering the governor's mansion.
House Appropriations Vice Chairman Sylvester Turner complained Thursday that as an elected official with a special identification card, he should not have to undergo the screening.
Turner said he had to wait for state troopers to run a check on him before he hosted a meeting of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus at the mansion.
Other lawmakers who also underwent similar screenings asked why the card that grants them access to the Capitol is not good enough to access the governor's mansion, which is also a public building.
Department of Public Safety Steve McCraw said he recommended that everyone who goes on to the mansion grounds must undergo a check for warrants.