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Deal reached over protests at CapitolSubmitted: 10/09/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - A deal will allow people to gather for events like protests at the state Capitol without getting permits.

Wisconsin officials and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin reached the agreement.

Protests at the state Capitol have resulted in arrests after the state started requiring permits for large 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.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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