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South Dakota Capitol beefing up security

PIERRE, S.D. – State officials are beefing up security at the South Dakota Capitol building this fall.

A security screening room is being built near the north entrance doors of the Capitol in Pierre.

In a public service announcement, Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price says the screening room will be built into already existing office space.

Price says accessibility to the Capitol building has not changed.

KCCR Radio reports Price says the new screening room is expected to be in place and operational by the time the 2020 legislative session begins in January.

Signs will direct visitors where to go when they arrive. All other doors to the Capitol are locked from the outside with electric locks that are accessible only with approved key cards and fobs for state employees.

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