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BOISE -- The American Civil Liberties Union warned lawmakers they risk paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees if they back rules governing Capitol protests.

A judge ruled last year rally limits violate the U.S. Constitution's 1st Amendment free-speech protections.

But the Department of Administration wants lawmakers to finalize the rules, anyway, to clear the way for the agency to appeal.

At a hearing Friday, ACLU of Idaho attorney Richard Eppink said he's already calculated $100,000 in fees Idaho taxpayers may eventually have to shoulder, if his side ultimately prevails.

If lawmakers approve the rules and plow ahead with an appeal, that could easily double, Eppink said.

The Senate and House are still mulling what to do: Direct the Department of Administration to start over or proceed with an appeal.

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