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Policy changes limits crowd sizes in Capitol rallies

Published September 17. 2019 06:45AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Wolf administration is moving to limit the number of people at rallies in the Capitol Rotunda and reserving room for others to walk through when it’s crowded. reported Monday the General Services Department is capping at 450 the number of people on the floor, balconies and marble stairs.

A walkway has been designated to provide a corridor for people to get through the crowds.

Agency spokesman Troy Thompson says the changes are designed to ensure rallies can go on in a safe manner, and to allow other business to proceed.

The Capitol’s central space is a popular place for news conferences and gatherings of people hoping to influence public policy.

Many attract just a few dozen people, but there are also boisterous gatherings numbering in the hundreds.

These rallies are a joke. It doesn't matter what the people want anymore. I've been to enough to realize my time was wasted.

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