New permanent rules formally signed Friday at the Capitol will bar religious displays and nongovernment displays inside Capitol Campus buildings.
Citizens testified Tuesday that proposed rules for the use of public areas of state government buildings and grounds would have a chilling effect on free speech rights and citizen participation in government.
• Full coverage of the controversy over holiday display at Capitol
A draft state policy governing displays at the Capitol Campus is out for public comment, and a formal hearing on the controversial issue is planned for Sept. 22 in Olympia.
• Controversy over holiday display at Capitol coverage
The state Department of General Administration is developing rules to govern public displays on the Capitol Campus after holiday items in the Legislative Building created a ruckus that drew national attention in December.