Eye On Boise

House panel weighs in against limiting demonstrations around the Capitol

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Those hoping to speak their mind at the Capitol won't likely be under the thumb of strict new limits that sought to limit where they could exercise First Amendment rights. The House State Affairs Committee Thursday approved a plan to allow gatherings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at most locations. Following the semi-permanent Occupy Boise vigil of 2011-2012, Department of Administration director Teresa Luna sought to limit protests on the Capitol Mall. But that initial draft drew ire from House and Senate members as potentially unconstitutional. Consequently, Luna had to rewrite her agency's proposal, which she now says won't limit use of loudspeakers and won't confine Capitol gatherings to merely steps on the south side of the building. Under the new rules, camping would still be prohibited.




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