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Thu January 19, 2012
The State Building Commission implements new rule
Public displays and demonstrations will no longer be permitted in an underground tunnel leading into the State
Capitol. The State Building Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to approve a new policy on public use of Capitol Complex buildings.
Republican Rep. Amy Edmonds, of Cheyenne, says the policy change is an overreaction and infringes on free speech. But commission member Secretary of State Max Maxfield says the
tunnel is intended for foot traffic only and groups can still use the Herschler Building next door to the Capitol.
An advocacy group recently filed a federal lawsuit against top state officials claiming a ban on displaying anti-abortion placards in the tunnel last year violated members' constitutional rights. The State Building Commission is made up of the five statewide elected officials.