Idaho State Police Capt. Sheldon Kelley says ISP is not seeking to question an unidentified man whose Jan. 10 appearance on an 11-minute security video alarmed lawmakers and prompted short-term security changes.
A number of comments on our Sunday story about tightened Capitol security asked about a law enforcement response.
"We weren't able to identify him because we haven't tried to," Kelley told me last week. "It wasn't a crime at the time. That's part of the reason (Department of Adminsitration) Director (Teresa) Luna is showing that video; she's trying to get the rules of the Capitol to get those changes instituted."
In response to the video, the House and Senate chambers have been closed between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Legislative leaders are working with ISP and Luna on other possible security measures.
Kelley said discussions include more limits to public access inside the Capitol, which is not part of controversial rules for the building's exterior and the Capitol Mall, which were sparked by last year's "Occupy Boise" encampment.
"There was nothing to keep that person out of that area," Kelley said of the man's wanderings on the House floor. "This isn't to say that I agree or ISP agrees with what he was doing. We would absolutely like it to be against the rules."
Luna told me the "Occupy" rules mandated by the 2012 Legislature took precedence and that rules for the Capitol interior are more complicated because multiple parties control space. Those include the Legislature; statewide elected officials, including her boss, Gov. Butch Otter; and the Department of Administration.
"We need to get all of those groups around the table to decide what those rules would look like," she said Friday.
The man was seen on a security video inspecting documents on representatives' desks, taking photos of documents and desktops with his cell phone and at one point reaching into a waste bin, removing a paper and returning it to the trash. The man was wearing a sidearm and had attached himself to a tour of Boy and Cub Scouts led by Rep. James Hotlzclaw, R-Meridian. Holtzclaw said he thought the man was a parent of a Scout; Holtzclaw said the Scout leader told him he thought the man was a security officer because of his weapon.
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