House resolution could affect security at events of national importance

Congress passed a bill Monday intending to clarify the United States Code regarding restricted buildings and grounds.

According to House Resolution 347, the bill states it is unlawful for any person to impede or disrupt official functions in a building or on the grounds where a person is protected by the Secret Service.

This also includes obstructing or impeding the protected person from entering or exiting the restricted area.

Currently, the effects are unknown for events such as the dinner this Saturday where Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will speak in the Union Ballroom on the BGSU campus.

Santorum was granted Secret Service protection today.

The bill was voted 338-3 and is awaiting President Barack Obama’s review before going into effect.