Republicans have officially approved a concealed weapons policy for the state Senate that allows hidden weapons on the chamber's floor.
The Senate Organizational Committee voted 3-2 to adopt a policy allowing lawmakers, their aides and the media to carry weapons on the floor during debates. The plan also permits concealed weapons in Senate meeting rooms, meaning the public can carry concealed in committee meetings.
Individual senators will be allowed to decide whether to allow weapons in their offices. Spectators will be banned from carrying in the Senate's overhead galleries during floor debates.
The three Republican committee members, Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman and Mike Ellis, all voted to approve the policy. The two Democrats, Mark Miller and Dave Hansen, voted against the plan.
Wisconsin's new concealed carry law takes effect Tuesday.