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UPDATE: Dane Co. Judge Orders Capitol Building Reopened

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The rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI
The rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ)  - A court hearing is scheduled for 2:15 Tuesday afternoon on a request to open the State Capitol to protestors of the governor’s budget repair bill.

Earlier in the morning, Dane County Circuit Judge Daniel Moeser issued an order to end the Walker administration’s tight admission rules until Tuesday afternoon’s hearing could take place.

But as of noon, administration spokesman Tim Donovan said his agency was still reviewing the order. And the rules were still in place for limiting access to those with appointments and people attending government proceedings – and letting other people inside only when other visitors leave.

That prompted ACLU attorney Larry Dupuis to warn that the governor’s people might be in contempt-of-court by not opening the Capitol to everyone as of now. He said a temporary restraining order is meant to take effect immediately – and the state’s not following it.

Tuesday morning’s ruling was sought by state labor unions opposed to the governor’s plan to virtually end collective bargaining by most public employee unions.

Former Democratic state Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager is taking up their cause in court. An attorney in Lautenschlager’s former Justice Department will defend the Capitol’s admission limits at Tuesday afternoon’s hearing.

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