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Protests Expected At Indiana Statehouse

Demonstrators are expected to be at the Indiana statehouse Wednesday in protest over right-to-work legislation and a cap on the building's capacity.

Union members are expected to protest outside of the statehouse Wednesday in demonstration against right-to-work legislation and a recently announced cap on the number of people allowed in the statehouse at one time.

The AFL-CIO says several organizations have invited people to protest. Although no organization is heading the demonstration, AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Harris says he thinks thousands of protestors could take part in the event.

The controversial cap that took effect January 1 says only 3,000 people, including elected officials and statehouse staff, are allowed to be in the capitol building at any given time. Opponents of the new rule say it was put in place to keep protestors out of the statehouse during the new session, when right-to-work is set to come up for discussion. State officials say the cap is necessary for security requirements, including updated fire safety standards.

Indiana Public Media reporter Shameka Neely contributed to this report.

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