Wisconsin lawmakers have banned the public from bringing newspapers into Assembly meetings in the state capitol building — but concealed guns with proper permits are still OK.
The new ruling, passed by the Republican majority, has outraged some Democrats — particularly the prohibition of newspapers.
“Something you seem to forget, the First Amendment is as important as the Second,” complained Minority Leader Peter Barca, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The resolution bans hats, food, drinks, signs, briefcases, cell phones, cameras, and laptops, but concealed guns and other weapons are still permitted, as long as they are licensed.
It was passed by 59-37 — a vote that was split along party lines.
Noted journalism blogger Jim Romenesko said of the resolution: “The Wisconsin way — no newspapers, but concealed guns are OK.’’
In addition, the Republican majority adopted a resolution that requires lawmakers to wear a tie and sport coat when the Assembly is in session in Madison, the Journal Sentinel said.
That requirement is already in place in the Wisconsin Senate.
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