MADISON (WKOW) -- The first day of Capitol operation since a judge ruled out a continuation of overnight stays by protesters went without much incident, with people leaving on their own.
Chanting "So long, see you tomorrow," demonstrators marched single file out of the building at 6 p.m. Friday. Authorities said one person in the building was arrested earlier.
Protest organizer Erika Wolf said the Thursday court decision affirming access to the building but reinforcing parameters was a victory for advocates for labor, and no reason for people who had spent more than two weeks at the building from abandoning protest goals.
"There's a lot of people who want to wait for the fourteen senators to come back. There's a lot of people who want to see this bill killed."
Security remained tight at the building Friday, with officers using a want to detect metal on visitors as a way to stop any possible weapons.
State capitol police chief Charles Tubbs said the building's orderly operation was heartening. "We want the best response for everyone, and that's voluntary compliance."
A group of approximately thirty protesters who had been occupying the capitol overnight the past three weeks moved to the capitol grounds outside the building, avoiding using sleeping bags after being warned by officers they were not permitted.
But one demonstrator said officers Friday cited another legal provision on barring sleeping on the grounds and warned $205 citations would be issued. "I guess we'll be getting our sleep come day break."