Protesters converged on the Capitol as soon as word spread that Senate Republicans passed their version of the budget repair bill, but the building was supposed to close at 6 PM.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- 27 News' crews inside the Capitol say at least one door to the Capitol remains open. Protesters are beating drums as they chant against Gov. Walker's bill which ends most collective bargaining rights for most public workers. A modified version of the bill passed the Senate tonight, and the Assembly is expected to vote on the measure Thursday morning.
Police closed the building around 7:30 p.m. and are directing people out, saying the building must close when no legislative sessions, hearings, or other public meetings are going on inside after business hours. 27 News crews inside the Capitol say hundreds of protesters remain, as of 9 p.m.
The Department of Administration released the following information just before 9 p.m.
"This evening following the law the Capitol remained open as the Senate went into session around 6 p.m.. The Senate ended their session at approximately 6:25pm. Following the court order of March 3, 2011 the building was slated to close. However before the building could close the entrance at King Street was overrun with people attempting to enter - not understanding that the Senate was indeed out of session.
Following a series of door breaches approximately 6,000 people entered the building joining approximately 1,000 inside.
At this time we are concerned about people's physical safety in certain areas of the building due to overcrowding. In particular the second floor bridges/catwalks in the rotunda. Constant standing with the bridge completely full is a safety issue. Police are asking folks to voluntarily relocate from those bridges."
MADISON (WKOW) -- Capitol police released the following statement on the Department of Administrations blog just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The Wisconsin State Capitol was closed for the evening following a brief floor session of the State Senate.
With the Senate adjourned there are NO legislative sessions, NO hearings, and NO other public meetings at the Capitol Wednesday night.
Doors to the Capitol are closed and no visitors will be allowed to enter the building. All visitors inside the Capitol after it is officially closed for the evening must leave the building immediately.
The Capitol will be open Thursday during regular operating hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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