Mike Huebsch, secretary of the state Department of Administration, recently wrote an op-ed attempting to defend the recent Unconstitutional Capitol access rules. While it was a poor attempt at an explanation there were some important things that he said.
Recently, the state Department of Administration released an updated, much more user-friendly state facilities access policy, which includes the Capitol. The sole purpose of the policy is to ensure equal opportunity for all groups seeking to hold events in the Capitol and other state facilities.
Yes, because people did not have access to the Capitol before:
It is all fairly easy. To hold an event at the Capitol, any kind of event at all, a member of a group simply fills out a one-page permit application. Capitol Police will, as they always have, do their best to work with each group to accommodate their needs. Of course, tourists, families and others coming to the Capitol to visit do not require any type of reservation or permit.
Some lawmakers have alleged this policy violates free speech. This is absolutely not true. In fact, nowhere on the form does it ask the content of any event.
Other concerns have been raised over the charges groups may incur for additional security costs related to their events. Again, this is not new. In 2008, the Obama campaign agreed to pay Capitol Police for excess security personnel costs related to a rally it was planning at the Capitol.
“fairly easy” to hold an event? Nowhere on the form does it ask the content? so you can deny access and pretend it had nothing to do with topic? How exactly is this “small government conservatism”? Are you really comparing a presidential campaign to a protest of citizens? Then of course there is this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Finally and most egregious of all:
In order to keep the Capitol a place all citizens can use and enjoy, it is important people know what is expected of them
I cant believe anyone who was once an elected official and took an oath of office would have the temerity to actually say/write the words “its important people know what is expected of them.” While we know that Mike Huebsch is not scared speak off the incredibly uninformed cuff. This particular phrase, in my mind, should force the Governor to ask for the immediate resignation of Mr. Huebsch. Of course we know that wont happen, as Governor Walker has no problem with the violence directed at recall petitioners, so why would he care about this?
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For a lawyer’s analysis of the policy, go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19XCEwCGbqfJSetGQeyRd5jqL5QvDFWDUO1vdZLXXG8o/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1
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