Local lawmakers weigh security concerns against accessibility

By Kay Johnson - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you watch the Sunday talk shows, all the politicos are talking about the angry tone out there.

A Pew Research poll released in December showed 72 percent of people are dissatisfied with national conditions.

In the aftermath of the Arizona shooting, it now has politicians deciding between accessibility and security.

We reached out to local lawmakers to see if they're planning any changes in they way they handle public appearances.

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan touts a Congress on the Corner type event on her website called Conversations with Kay. It's described as a time to meet with constituents and talk with them about their concerns. Senator Hagan said in a statement to WBTV she will continue to do these events because "I believe access to public officials is inherent to our democracy."

Congresswoman Sue Myrick's camp said, "We always take precautions regarding security for public events, and will continue to do so."

Senator Richard Burr has public events scheduled throughout the state this week at high schools, small businesses, etc. A spokeswoman said in an email "at this point, I am not aware of any security or changes in the schedule."

A spokesman for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says it's too early to discuss security plans when it comes to his public meetings.

There was a conference call Sunday with more than 800 members of Congress, their spouses, chiefs of staff and others to discuss security.

Connecticut Rep. John Larson says lawmakers will receive specific security suggestions later in the week from the Capitol Police.

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