State office proposes changes to Legislative Plaza usage - WSMV Channel 4

State office proposes changes to Legislative Plaza usage

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Tennessee lawmakers are one step away from evicting the Occupy Nashville protesters, but there is another move to put it in writing.

The state's General Services Office submitted a proposal to change the rules of use for Legislative Plaza to ban camping or sleeping.

Last year, state leaders tried to impose a curfew at the site, and police arrested some protesters for violating it.

But a court order threw those charges out.

Judges said the state had to go through the formal process of changing the rules.

That is what this new proposal would do.

It is separate from the bill currently in the Legislature that would make it is crime to camp on the Plaza.

It could protect the state in the event that legislation is thrown out in court.

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