House lawmakers can now use taxpayer funds to buy bulletproof vests and other security equipment to protect themselves, under a resolution that was approved by the House Administration Committee.

The resolution also allows House members to hire security personnel such as security officerse for events such as town halls, to guard their district offices during business hours, and to accompany them on official business.

Paying for a security detail for those reasons is now considered “an ordinary and necessary reimbursable expense,” according to the new guidelines.

Security improvements such as building doorways or installing bulletproof glass to members' home offices are not reimbursable, but can be built into the monthly rent of a district office lease.