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Republicans propose strict rules for observers

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MADISON (AP) - Republicans who control the Wisconsin state Assembly are proposing strict new requirements for visitors who want to watch them debate in public galleries.

Democrats argue the restrictions being debated Thursday are an unconstitutional restriction on the public's right to view their government in action.

The proposed rules disallows using cellphones or computers, reading newspapers or other printed material, eating, carrying bags or wearing hats. It also bars disrupting the Assembly in any way or expressing opinions.

Violators can be removed for the day or the entire 2-year session if they violate the rules three times.

Democrats say it doesn't make sense that visitors are allowed to carry concealed weapons into the gallery but they can't look at their cellphone or read a newspaper.

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