State Rep. Paul Hollis (R-Mandeville) is currently recovering after a new security system installed at the Louisiana State Capitol injured the lawmaker and left his vehicle with considerable damage.
“During today’s automobile accident, I broke my right hand and suffered a concussion after my head hit the windshield,” said Hollis. “I appreciate the outpouring of prayers from my colleagues and friends at the Capitol and anticipate a quick recovery.
Apparently, as Hollis exited the parking lot at the State Capitol, two electronically controlled bollards were activated – piercing the front of his car and sending the State Representative into the windshield.
Hollis said in a statement that there needs to be more education for lawmakers about the new security system that put him in the hospital.
“As the details of this incident are compiled, I look forward to working in tandem with State Police to better educate fellow lawmakers and staff on the new security system that is now in place,” said Hollis. “At the end of the day, we must ensure that ‘The People’s House’ is accessible to the public while safe for those who are given the opportunity to serve.”