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New restrictions proposed in wake of Fla. protest

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Updated: 9/21/2013 6:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is recommending changes to Capitol security in the wake of a 31-day long protest.

A small group of protesters upset by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's killing refused to leave the Capitol for more than a month this summer.

Some of the proposed changes include prohibiting anyone sleeping in public portions of the Florida Capitol. Additionally, food and drink could not be stored or prepared in Capitol hallways without prior approval.

People who are in the Capitol after business hours could be arrested for trespassing. The Capitol will remain open if there is a legislative meeting going on but people must leave 30 minutes after.

Scott and legislative leaders must approve the changes which were first reported by The Tallahassee Democrat.


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CaptJack - 9/22/2013 11:49 AM
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If you want to gripe to the govt. do it during business hours.

taxi69 - 9/22/2013 9:49 AM
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So this basically states that the politicians will NOT change the stand your ground law for guns, but will change it for the most important amendment #1: the right to speak up against your government without fear of prosecution. Gotta love the elected officials that do not want to hear from the people unless the people are saying what they want to hear.

taxi69 - 9/22/2013 9:48 AM
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So this basically states that the politicians will change the stand your ground law for guns, but will change it for the most important amendment #1: the right to speak up against your government without fear of prosecution. Gotta love the elected officials that do not want to hear from the people unless the people are saying what they want to hear.

Realchange - 9/21/2013 7:02 PM
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So bad protest would ruin it for all protestors? Some of the residents of this state do not like bills that give police exemptions over citizens for laws governing them. Some of us do not like that bogus felony charges was enacted to prevent a pastor from protesting Islam. The Trayvon Martin people did not read about their so called folk hero or see some the real activities he was into. Trying buy street guns after beating a snitch bloody and saying he had not bled enough yet for him.
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