The Department of Public Safety is ending a policy requiring background checks for lawmakers entering the Governor’s Mansion.

During a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, DPS Director Steve McCraw described the policy as “stupid” and said it has since been re-evaluated.

The mansion was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire caused by an unknown arsonist. Since its reopening in July, lawmakers have complained about the new security measures, which include waiting for state troopers to screen them before entering. Tuesday’s committee meeting began with testimony on the policy.

The new exemption only includes current elected state lawmakers and congressional members. All other visitors still have to submit to background checks.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.