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Officials will cut off Wis. Capitol office access


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Protesters will have to end sleepovers in offices and hearing rooms of the Wisconsin Capitol by Saturday night.

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.

Members of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Assistants Association, who have taken up third floor office space, say the move is intended to end "democratic occupation" of the Capitol.

Protesters have also been sleeping in hallways and in the rotunda since last Tuesday. Those areas will remain open.

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