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TN Capitol heightens security procedures

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During the break between legislative sessions, officials tightened up security procedures and added new facial recognition cameras at the Tennessee State Capitol.

However, these new security measures aren't sitting well with everyone.

"Entering the state Capitol, I believe we were told, is going to be much like going to the airport," said State Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis.

The changes were part of a multi-million dollar renovation effort at the Capitol building and include armed guards at all entrances as well as lockable gates.

Also, cameras using facial recognition software are capable of locating people included on watch lists.

Senate Democrats were briefed on the security changes Wednesday, and some expressed concerns the public won't have the access it needs to its elected officials.

"I, personally, am not afraid of the people of Tennessee. I'm concerned we may be sending an inappropriate message about coming to the Capitol," Kyle said.

While some of the measures are already in place, others will be introduced during the next week or so.

Lawmakers said they are interested in hearing from the public about the changes.

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