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Homeland Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some state lawmakers are complaining that Governor Owens is keeping them in the dark about homeland security plans. The criticism comes after they saw a report suggesting Colorado isn't properly prepared for terrorism.

Government officials say the governor will share what he can, but lawmakers aren't entitled to some information that will remain secret.

The Department of Local Affairs posted the report on its Web site, with portions removed to protect some sensitive information.

Among other things, the report says some emergency plans lack adequate attention for how to handle mass decontamination and quarantines in the event of a chemical or biological attack. The head of the department says the documents have been on the Web site for months, and only one lawmaker has asked for a briefing.

But the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Homeland Security says members haven't been given copies of the report despite repeated requests for information from the department.


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