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UPDATE: State won't appeal order on Capitol access

UPDATED Tuesday, July 10, 2013 --- 8:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration says it will not challenge a federal judge's order forcing changes to the policy governing who has access to the state Capitol.

U.S. District Judge William Conley on Monday said that portions of the Capitol access policy were unconstitutional, and ruled that no group with fewer than 20 people can be required to get a permit. Under the policy, permits were required for most activities in the Capitol involving four or more people.

Mike Huebsch, Walker's Department of Administration secretary, said Wednesday the judge's order won't be appealed.

The judge's order did not invalidate the permitting process itself, which Huebsch says remains in full effect for the Capitol and grounds.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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Tuesday July 9, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked enforcement of parts of the policy that determines who can legally gather in the Wisconsin state Capitol.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration adopted the policy in the wake of the massive demonstrations in 2011 that grew to as large as 100,000 people.

The American Civil Liberties Union in February filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a person who regularly gathers in the Capitol over the noon hour to sing protest songs.

U.S. District Judge William Conley on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the Walker administration from distinguishing the type of gathering for purposes of issuing a permit. Conley also barred enforcing the permit requirement for gatherings expected to draw 20 or fewer people.

A Walker administration spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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