Maryland State Capitol’s Emergency Alert System Worries Lawmakers After Threat Thursday

By Angelique Gingras, Capital News Service

A day after a threat to the state capitol prompted a near two-hour lockdown, lawmakers applauded the quick work of law enforcement but raised concerns about efficient communication.

Sen. Antonio Hayes, D-Baltimore City, said he was voting in a Finance Committee meeting when a member of the press texted him about a security threat to the State House. A few minutes later, a state trooper in the room notified committee members to shelter in place, before they were escorted out of the building.