OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Safety fencing has been put in across the Washington state Capitol and the Nationwide Guard will likely be available Monday because the Legislature convenes amid considerations armed teams would possibly attempt to occupy the constructing, which is closed to the general public as a result of ongoing pandemic.
A few of Washington’s lawmakers are returning at a time when authorities are reassessing safety at state capitols throughout the nation after the violence that occurred final week on the U.S. Capitol.
A right-wing militia had initially inspired its members to occupy the Capitol when the Legislature meets to kick off its 105-day legislative session at midday Monday. On Wednesday, a gaggle of individuals broke down a gate exterior the governor’s mansion and made it to the porch and entrance yard. That breach got here hours after the siege of the nation’s Capitol constructing in Washington, D.C.
Whereas an organizer of the deliberate occupation in Olympia canceled the occasion, he acknowledged he did anticipate some folks would possibly present as much as attempt to disrupt proceedings.
The Washington State Patrol, which oversees safety of the Capitol campus, has ensured there will likely be a strong police presence to make sure the protection of lawmakers, workers and journalists who will likely be current. Gov. Jay Inslee activated 750 guard troops final week to assist preserve order.
Democratic Sen. Manka Dhingra stated whereas she was involved concerning the opening day of session on Monday, she stated she had religion in regulation enforcement officers who’ve been working with the Legislature to handle safety considerations.