Council votes not to extend Occupy Madison permit
Protesters at the Occupy Madison site must leave by April 30, after the Madison Common Council voted down a proposal to extend the permit.
The unanimous decision came just before midnight.
When protesters built a tent city in the 700 block of East Washington Avenue last year, they agreed to be out by April 30.
Since then, the Occupy Madison camp has largely turned into a refuge for Madison’s homeless.
Some city alders had hoped for a two-month extension to give them time to address the city’s homelessness problem. A joint city-county committee will be formed to come up with short- and long-term solutions.