Associated Press News Release
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- New Florida Capitol security rules will prevent overnight protests like the month-long sit-in following George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges.
The rules now prohibit anyone from staying overnight in public areas of the Capitol for any reason.
They also prevent unauthorized people from being in the Capitol outside of normal business hours. When there are legislative sessions or meetings after business hours, the Capitol will be closed to visitors a half hour after the event ends.
Nobody will be allowed to sleep in public areas of the building. A permit will be required to prepare food in hallways or public areas.
The rules were put in place after a group called The Dream Defenders held a month-long protest when Zimmerman was found not guilty for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.