Six people have been arrested at the state Senate and at least two people barred from returning during a raucous week surrounding illegal-immigration legislation.
Senate President Russell Pearce vows tighter scrutiny of visitors, but the clashes raise questions about security procedures at the Capitol and who enforces them.
Pearce told The Arizona Republic that the state Constitution gives him authority over the Senate building. House and Senate security is provided by members of the Capitol Police, DPS and a sergeant at arms for each chamber.
At least one state lawmaker says Pearce shouldn’t have the power to keep people out of a public building.
Capitol police arrested four people Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly-conduct charges after they were accused of disrupting a news conference in a Senate hearing room.