Fitzgerald says limiting night access to hearing rooms, leggie offices a safety issue
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said leggie leaders moved to limit access to lawmakers’ offices and Capitol hearing rooms because of safety concerns.
Law enforcement has been posted outside in the West and South wings of the Capitol the last few days, keeping protesters away from the chambers. Lawmakers approved that change late last week, allowing just lawmakers and their aides in the offices and hearing rooms from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day.
Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said the additional step was taken because some lawmakers were allowing protesters to sleep in their offices. He said it made no sense to limit access to the West and South wings only to allow protesters behind law enforcement officers to camp out in the offices.
The restriction will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Access to those rooms will remain during the day.
— By JR Ross