Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rules on Capitol Access Clear House Committee

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

A slate of rules governing the buildings and grounds of the Idaho State Capitol Mall received a nod from the House State Affairs Committee this morning, more than a month after their debut.

In January, Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna first asked lawmakers to consider new restrictions on use of the Statehouse and its exterior, barring round-the-clock demonstrations and putting a four-hour limit on "events" on the Capitol exterior.

During a Jan. 16 hearing, Senate State Affairs Committee members asked Luna to rework provisions of the temporary rules, citing concern about limiting First Amendment rights. In her presentation this morning, Luna said the rewritten rules would allow "24/7 access to Capitol Mall properties."

"This then conforms with the actions of the Senate, is that correct?" asked Iona Republican Rep. and Chairman Thomas Loertscher.

Luna informed him the changes were in line with the Senate's concurrent resolutions, and the committee ultimately voted in favor of the rules.

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