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Rallies continue with boosted security

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Rallies at the Capitol protesting Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill continued Tuesday with more security.

Tuesday marked the eighth day of large protests.

Madison teachers went back to work Tuesday, but among those protesting, corrections officers from Dane County, and union representatives from across the country.

Gov. Walker's bill would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for state workers. Walker has said it is necessary to help close the state's roughly $137 million budget shortfall.

Security at the Capitol Tuesday was tighter than it's been in the past eight days.

Police cars cordoned off the Capitol square, deputies stood watch outside, and only two doors were open to the public from outside.

Inside, hundreds of police officers from across the state stood watch: some from as far as Pierce and Vilas Counties.

Thousands of people rallied and chanted from early in the morning, to the nighttime hours.

Dane County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Elise Schaffer said more than 50 deputies were on hand at the Capitol Tuesday; some on overtime for these protests. 43 were on hand on Monday.

More than 100 Madison Police officers were downtown throughout the day.

Elise Schaffer said, "We are definitely using our resources to the max right now, and that's why these other departments coming in to help us out are greatly appreciated."

Some hallways inside the Capitol were now blocked off with police tape, and for the first time the public had to go through metal detectors to get into chambers.

No word on how long tightened security will last.

In an interview with media, Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said engineers were worried about the Capitol's capacity to hold people inside the rotunda.

Thousands stood on all three floors inside Tuesday.


27 News' Teresa Mackin will have updates on-air, online and on the go.

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