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State officials tweak rules on Capitol gatherings

Dept. defines 'group' as more than 4 people

MADISON, Wis. - The state Department of Administration has tweaked rules governing gatherings at the state Capitol.

Current DOA policy requires groups of four or more people to obtain a permit.

But DOA spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said actual administrative rules contain no definition of a group. The agency has changed the rules to define a group as four or more people.

Gov. Scott Walker signed off on the changes on Thursday.

A handful of protesters have been gathering in the Capitol rotunda nearly every day for most of the last two years to sing anti-Walker songs. Police have issued them scores of citations for failing to comply with the DOA's permit policies.

Rep. Chris Taylor, a Madison Democrat, held a news conference Thursday accusing DOA of violating the protesters' right to express themselves.


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