Lawmakers consider new protest rules for Capitol Mall

Lawmakers consider new protest rules for Capitol Mall

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Lawmakers consider new protest rules for Capitol Mall

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:15 PM

BOISE -- Occupy Boise may have pulled up stakes across from the Idaho Capitol, but the movement continues to occupy the time of lawmakers now considering whether to adopt disputed rules governing gatherings or protests on state-managed property.

Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna on Monday presented the new rules to Senate and House committees.

Her agency wrote them as part of the Legislature's effort to more closely control property in the Capitol Mall following Occupy Boise's activities last year.

Among other things, protests would be restricted to certain hours.

Luna says they mirror ordinances governing public properties in other states.

They are already subject to a First Amendment challenge, federal court challenge.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a lawsuit plaintiff, argues they chill the public's right to express important grievances.

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