Security At Texas Capitol Increased Since Senate Gallery Outburst

AUSTIN (July 9, 2013)—State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, says security at the state Capitol has "at least doubled" to handle crowds since the outburst on June 25 in the Senate gallery that helped block a vote on a controversial abortion measure as the clock ticked down on the Legislature’s first special session.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have had a strong presence as crowds poured into the Capitol for rallies and marathon hearings on an abortion restrictions bill.

Eltife, who oversees the Senate Administration Committee, declined to reveal exact numbers of troopers or how much the boost in security cost.

Eltife said Tuesday lawmakers told DPS they want plenty of troopers on the ground no matter the expense.

The abortion debate has drawn tens of thousands to the Capitol in recent weeks.

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