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Protesters to have limited Capitol access


MADISON (WKOW) -- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says security concerns over sleeping in the Capitol has forced some changes.

Fitzgerald says some staff members of the missing Democratic Senators have been housing demonstrators in their offices.

A committee has decided protestors can no longer sleep in legislative offices and hearing rooms inside the Capitol.

Starting Saturday after 6 p.m. police will block off access to those rooms in the Capitol.

Senator Fitzgerald says, "We're uncomfortable with people jamming sleeping bags into legislative offices and staying overnight."

Protestors will still be allowed to sleep in the hallway and rotunda.


MADISON (WKOW) -- For more than a week, thousands have filled the State Capitol, protesting Gov. Walker's budget repair bill, and staying the night there.

The Joint Committee on Legislative Organization voted Wednesday to restrict access to hearing rooms and legislative offices after normal business hours starting Saturday.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says law enforcement officers have shared concerns about security with protesters sleeping over in Democratic legislators' offices.

Some protesters call the move intended to end "democratic occupation" of the Capitol.

The hallways and rotunda will remain open.

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