New Wisconsin Capitol access policy enacted

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has instituted a new policy related to activity and displays at the Capitol and other state buildings.

The Department of Administration policy took effect on Thursday, the same day it was released.

Under the policy, all activity and displays in state buildings must be permitted at least 72 hours before the activity or display date.

The policy does allow for spontaneous events caused by unforeseen events.

Protests have been common since Walker took office, including a daily noontime sing-a-long of anti-Walker songs. Department of Administration spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster says the singers have been contacted to help them come into compliance with the new policy.

Webster says the policy formalizes what the practice had been. She says no one will be denied a permit based on content.