MADISON - Authorities are preparing for a big week at the Capitol.
With the budget battle set to resume Tuesday, Capitol Police are expecting big crowds.
Wisconsin State Patrol officers patrolled the relatively quiet grounds at the Capitol Monday, but it's not expected to stay that way, according to Capitol Police.
"We probably won't see the large numbers at the Capitol, but we do expect an increase in population over the next few days," said Capitol Police Chief, Charles Tubbs.
Because of that, Capitol Police have heightened security, adding additional officers from State Patrol, UW Police, the DNR, and the Department of Justice.
Capitol officials say they have not called in city and county law enforcement agencies to assist this week, but they say they are prepared to if they need them.
"Safety is our number one priority, and I think you all know that," Tubbs said.
On Monday, authorities opened up 2 additional entrances at the Capitol. In total, 4 out of the 8 main entrances will be open for public access this week.
But authorities will be there to greet you when you come in. All visitors must go through inspection and metal detectors.
But some protesters feel it's not necessary, and ultimately a violation of their rights.
"I grew up having the capitol open and I wish we could all go back in those doors," said UW Student, Jason Huberty. "We stayed safe all those years. We didn't have locked doors and metal detectors to stay safe."
But once you're inside, don't expect to be able to camp out. Authorities say no one will be able to spend the night inside the capitol this time around.
"People will be able to remain inside if session is still in progress and has not been adjourned," Tubbs explained. "But they will be informed and continuously informed that the capitol will close at the end of session and people will have to leave."
Tubbs says they are looking into whether to open additional doors at the capitol. Doors will open at 8 am each day.
Authorities are also regulating what you can bring into the capitol.
Items you can't bring in include: signs on sticks, bull horns, whistles, drums and other noise makers, tape for posting signs, tents and/or sleeping bags and weapons.
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