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Public speaks out against Capitol access policy

MADISON (AP) -

Officials with Gov. Scott Walker's administration are defending a new policy covering access to the state Capitol despite objections from protesters who have become a daily presence in the building.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs and members of Walker's administration held the first of three public meetings on Tuesday to answer questions about the policy. About two dozen people attended and accused Walker's administration of trying to shut down free speech and arrest people for gathering to oppose him.

But Department of Administration Deputy Secretary Chris Schoenherr says the goal was to provide clarity and consistency about what is allowed.

People at the meeting spoke out about a provision holding organizers of events liable for police costs and requiring a rally of four or more people to get a permit.

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