(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Wednesday wiped out new Statehouse security rules that slapped a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
Daniels said he told Indiana State Police officers to return to past practices of allowing all visitors into the Statehouse after they've cleared security checkpoints. He said state police and the Indiana Fire Marshal's office raised valid public safety concerns about large crowds inside the Statehouse but decided it was essential to keep public access open as the General Assembly prepared to open its 2012 session.
"If there comes a point where safety and security seems to be in jeopardy, they have my authority to do something different," Daniels said.
New limits announced Friday would have limited the number of visitors at around 1,300 because it took into account 1,700 people who work there or who have access passes, including about 250 lobbyists and members of the press.
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