Idaho House delays vote on Capitol protest rules

Idaho House delays vote on Capitol protest rules

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Idaho House delays vote on Capitol protest rules

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 12:03 PM

BOISE -- Rules meant to govern protests at state-owned buildings surrounding the Capitol bogged down again, after a House panel delayed a vote on adopting them.

The House State Affairs Committee Tuesday said it needed more time to scrutinize the rules, which govern, among other things, when and where people can gather to air their grievances.

The Senate State Affairs Committee has already rejected portions of the rules.

During the 2012 Legislature, lawmakers ordered the Department of Administration to draft the rules to put a halt to protests like the Occupy Boise group that camped out at the state-owned old Ada County Courthouse.

But what the agency came up with has raised free-speech concerns.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state over the rules and wants them rejected outright.

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