Indiana Democrats Say Cap on Statehouse Visitors Is Meant to Limit Protests

by Gabe Bullard on December 30, 2011

With reporting from the Associated Press

A plan by Indiana officials to limit the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at any given time has angered Indiana Democrats and union officials.

State police, homeland security officials and the state fire marshal’s office announced today that they’ve decided to cap the number of people who can be inside the Statehouse at 3,000.

According to numbers crunched by the Indianapolis Star, that would only allow between 1,000 and 1,500 visitors in the capitol on any given day, since the 1,700 statehouse employees will also count toward the overall total.

House Democratic Minority Leader Patrick Bauer of South Bend says the policy is intended to prevent Hoosiers from protesting a proposed ban on workers from being required under labor contracts to pay union fees.

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