Wis. officials, ACLU reach deal on Capitol permits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin say they have reached a deal to allow people to hold events at the state Capitol without getting permits.

Activities in the state Capitol have been a point of contention since state officials announced large groups must get permits for gatherings there. Dozens of people have been arrested since last summer for taking part in daily singalongs without permits.

The agreement announced Tuesday acknowledges the Department of Administration can require permits, but provides an option for those who don't want to get one.

Groups with 12 or more people can give the department advance notice of their gathering. The notice will not reserve the space like a permit would, but it allows people to avoid arrest.


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