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UPDATE: Judge orders state Capitol open to general public


MADISON (AP) -- A Dane County judge has ordered Wisconsin officials to open the Capitol to all members of the public during normal business hours.

According to court records, Judge Daniel Moeser has issued a temporary restraining order to reopen the Capitol until a trial court can schedule a hearing. The order says the building must be open to the public during business hours and when "governmental matters, such as hearings, listening sessions, or court arguments are being conducted."

Attorney Peg Lautenschlager represents the Wisconsin state employees union. She filed a motion for an injunction Monday to reopen the Capitol. She will submit an amended motion Tuesday.

Police limited access to the Capitol Tuesday after protesters inside refused to comply with police directives. Department of Administration officials did not immediately return a message.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


MADISON (AP) -- Police are keeping protesters out of the Wisconsin state Capitol and limiting public access for a second straight day.

Department of Administration officials say that visitors without an appointment or hearing to attend may be allowed in, but on a 1-to-1 basis as other visitors leave. Those who have specific appointments in the Capitol will be escorted in eight at a time to their destination by law enforcement.

People attending public hearings will be admitted until the room reaches capacity. There will be a limited number of badges issued to the general public to attend legislative hearings, including Gov. Scott Walker's budget address Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say access to the Capitol was limited Monday after protesters failed to comply with police directives Sunday night after the building officially closed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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