A powerful state panel will discuss proposed regulations Tuesday that could prevent Occupy Columbia protestors from camping and sleeping on the Statehouse grounds.
The South Carolina Budget and Control Board which, among other duties, is responsible for overseeing the Statehouse grounds, will take up the “emergency regulations” at a special meeting.
The regulation would prohibit camping and sleeping on the grounds and buildings. It would also set the hours the State House is “open to the general public.” The board would also the Division of General Services to draft permanent regulations for the use of the grounds.
The meeting comes after a judge ruled in the protestors’ favor last week, saying there were no rules about when a person could be on the Statehouse grounds. However, Judge Cameron Currie also said the state was within its power to create certain policies about the grounds’ use.