Judge blocks portion of Wisconsin Capitol access policyA federal judge has ruled that two parts of the policy that determines who can legally gather in the Wisconsin state Capitol are unconstitutional.
By: SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that two parts of the policy that determines who can legally gather in the Wisconsin state Capitol are unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union in February filed a federal lawsuit challenging the permit policy enacted by Gov. Scott Walker's administration in December 2011.
U.S. District Judge William Conley on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the Walker administration from distinguishing the type of gathering for purposes of issuing a permit. Conley also barred enforcing the permit requirement for gatherings expected to draw 20 or fewer people.
Walker administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says the ruling is being reviewed and "We will continue to uphold the law to ensure the building can be shared by all citizens who come to the Capitol."