Luna presses House committee to affirm new rule limiting protests, events on Capitol Mall

Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna reacted forcefully to last week's Senate committee decision to reject new rules placing limits on time and place for public use of the Capitol block and Capitol Mall.

Luna rejected arguments that the rules are overreaching.

After two hours of testimony Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee approved rules for interiors of buildings on the Capitol Mall, but voted unanimously to put off a decision on the Capitol grounds and mall. The committee did not set a time to revisit the rules. I had to leave to cover another committee, but Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review has a full account in her Eye on Boise blog.

Last week, the Senate State Affairs Committee rejected three sections in 39 pages of rules, which were prompted by last year's Occupy Boise encampment outside the old Ada County Courthouse. The rules approved by the Senate committee don't cover the Capitol building or the old courthouse, also called the Capitol Annex.

Beginning at 8 a.m. in the House State Affairs Committee, Luna played portions of two videos. The first was from Jan. 10 of this year, when a man wearing a firearm riffled over representatives' desks on the House floor, used a cell phone to take pictures of documents and phones, and reaching into a wastebasket.

"Our only resource in dealing with this behavior is to politely ask him to stop what he's doing," Luna said.

The second video appeared to be from the 2012 session, where a woman wearing a clown nose hangs posters from the railing of the rotunda. The security guard removes a poster, while the woman says, "What's the rule that says you can do that? Can you tell me the rule? You never cited the rule."

Said Luna: "That shows you what we are dealing with. That has become normal behavior."

The three sections rejected by the Senate are: A seven-day limit on protests and other events; all time restrictions, including a ban on events on the main Capitol steps between midnight and 6 a.m., and a requirement for a permit to use an amplifying device and a provision allowing police or Statehouse security to shut down a "disruptive" event.

The Senate asked the Department of Administration to revisit those sections. Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said it was a mistake to give the agency just 30 days to write emergency rules to deal with Occupy Boise.

Luna said the department "is not interested in going to the mat" on 24-hour use of the Capitol grounds and that sound amplification "doesn't cause us a lot of heartburn."

But she said rules regarding time of use on the Capitol Mall, limiting gatherings after dusk, "is a significant concern."

For any of the rules to be blocked, the House and Senate must agree on changes.

After Luna's opening remarks, the committee began asking questions of Luna and the department's deputy attorney general, Julie Weaver.

About 8:50 a.m., the committee began hearing public testimony, which was not taken in the Senate. A House State Affairs subcommittee that reviewed the rules recommended a full public hearing. Among those testifying in opposition to the rules were former Boise City Councilwoman Anne Hausrath, Gene Bray of Meridian and two representatives from the ACLU.

Said House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, "What the Senate does is up to the Senate. What we do is totally independent of them. If we do not reject part of these, all the rules will go into effect despite what the Senate has done."

The rules also are subject to a legal challenge, with a federal court hearing set for next month.

UPDATE, FRIDAY:

Luna says rules governing the Capitol interior have yet to be drafted.

The Capitol interior has several different masters," Luna said in an email. "Admin controls portions of the common space, LSO and the Legislature control large portions of the building and Constitutional officers also control large portions of the building. We need to get all of those groups around the table to decide what those rules would look like."

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Wow, too bad she's never heard of the constitution.

Who put her in this role, Otter? Whomever it was, they need some help in selecting sane and sensible employees.

And we thought her brother had issues. Are there more of this family around and are they all like this?

I hope not, for our sake.

Ms. Luna was appointed by Gov. Otter, confirmed by the Senate

...as are all agency chiefs. And to anticipate a question, she is the sister of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

Dan Popkey

there's also another brother

who was arrested in the 2006-2008 timeframe.

here it is

25 years in 2008 for lewd conduct with a minor.

http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/18342774.html

Was

Was that productive or even relevant? I just lost a lot of respect for you. What comes around...Fisher..It will come back around. And No, I am not a member of the Luna family....Run for office again.....
Can you say cheap shot? You have just shown the kind of person you really are, I thought better of you. My mistake.
God forbid that anything happens that is beyond your control, in your family... you should be ashamed of yourself, but you lack the moral fabric...and evidently you could not possibly understand.
I will tell you that I have a family member that has acted in a manner that my Father and Mother would not have appreciated, although not a criminal matter but horribly not what the family would have wanted. In any case it is a family embarrassment.

As I add to this edit, I wonder what you would do if you were in the same situation, and then I realize that you have never had the forethought to think that it might happen to you.

Try to walk in someones shoes (I realize is not something that you are capable of or I would not be writing this.)

Play politics all day long, but if you are to be honest, play fair....one thing has nothing to do with the other...Cheap shot artist....

You can stop bothering me too then. It's the internet.

No claim was made by Ms. Fisher that they are a total pack of scoundrels...

They are highly ignorant and a bit recalcitrant though...

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Actually that is her responsibility

As the head of the Dept. of Administration she is responsible for all state properties. While I don't agree with all of her concerns she does have the responsibility of safegaurding state properties. She has to arrange for cleaning up after all the protests and making sure tax dollars are carefully spent in these areas.

Hanging posters

in the rotunda. How awful. Why couldn't she just do real life body ultra-sounds like normal clowns.(legislators)

When we ran our Second

When we ran our Second Amendment rally this weekend, we adhered to the Capitol Mall Services request for no pickets, no signs fixed to the rotunda, and no amplification system (even though we find out that on MLK day, other groups were allowed amplification but we were not).

The sign issue is to keep the decorum of the capitol building intact and to avoid damaging the pricey renovations that we all just paid for.

FYI

A written exam administered by the Pentagon labels "protests" as a form of “low-level terrorism”

First Amendment

Are these the same clowns who revere the 2nd Amendment but can not understand the 1st ?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

We celebrated both

We celebrated both amendments on Saturday and I mentioned the First Amendment as the most important. It is backed up by the Second Amendment if a government refuses the people the exercise of the rights guaranteed by the First.

Luna Needs to Educate Himself!!!!

The Capital building and its grounds, the land it sits on, the streets surrounding it, et al... BELONG TO THE PEOPLE! We are The People! We own the Capital and its grounds. Luna need to figure out where his paychecks come from. America is not the Soviet Union. We, the people, can organize political protests on OUR ground whenever and wherever we like... Otherwise, instead of a few hundred protesters, we'll amass in the millions and revolt.

I guess Luna didn't receive a good enough education to understand what America is.

The article is about Teresa Luna

not Tom Luna.

don't bother trying to point

don't bother trying to point out simple things like this. Some people just aren't interested in actually reading the article (RTFA)

Don't swear in abbreviations!

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

The man wearing the firearm?

Just exercising his 2nd amendment rights that you all support. Why should that make you nervous?

the rifling through papers

the rifling through papers part is the real issue. Carrying rifles is legal in the capitol building. As is concealed carry (with a CCW license) and as is open carry of a pistol.

According to Idaho state law, a rifle / shotgun is not considered "concealable" and so even if it is tucked under a coat, there is no need to have a CCW license for it. There IS a requirement for a concealed license if concealing a handgun.

Thanks for the catch, Jason

I misspelled 'riffle' in the original post. The man with the sidearm appeared to be quickly searching the senators' desks. He had a handgun, not a long gun.

Dan Popkey

I'm waiting with bated breath for someone to bring up...

stuff like 'posse comitatus' or other junk. Wait until it gets silly!

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

The Luna's

Neither of the Lunas are qualified to be in the position they are in today. Teresa was appointed based on what qualifications? Her "yes man" brother? Of course he wouldn't want protests at the Capital, they are mostly about his policies. Along with our Legislature trying to pass a bill that would severly limit the citizens right to put anything on the ballot, this secondary attack on our right to peaceful assembly about takes the cake. Even if you are a died hard Republican, you must see the need to at least replace those currently in power. If you cannot bring yourself to vote other than the R, find a better R. These we have are overriding any say you have. Any Legislature to follow will be deemed "Tax and Spend" as the current Legislature has totally dismantled our education, highway, lands, mining, et al. The rancher's grab for federal land will severly limit your now Constitutional right to hunt. You don't like seeing those orange tipped fences now--just wait until the ranchers get their hands on the federal land.

“tyranny of the majority......... "Baby Steps to Ethics Boys"

Even many of my fellow Republicans have felt the “tyranny of the majority” foisted upon us by “Baby Steps to Ethics Boys” Idaho Legislators Denney, Nonini, Goedde, and their ilk.

We are tweaking our internal auto-vote mechanism that causes us to involuntarily vote for any name with an “R” after it. Our one party system has not served Idaho well. Nor as it served well Utah and Arizona, the two states Mr. Denney looks to for inspiration.

Utah? Arizona? Two Attorney’s General under investigation. State Legislators did their best to privatize everything public, deregulate everything business so a “few” may make billions at taxpayer expense. Some of the “few” are now indicted.

Please find a new mantra...you've worn this 1 out like a 45 rpm.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

After two hours of testimony

After two hours of testimony Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee approved rules for inside the Capitol, but voted unanimously to put off a decision on the Capitol grounds and Mall.

Yea, sure show the rest of the states that we welcome the bums and the Occupy Commies. I'd not have any problem if they didn't pitch tents. But in my opinion that's what makes it look like c rap which OBVIOUSLY the socialist left is fine with. I can just imagine how clean the homes are of the ones that pitch tents are. YUK! What these clowns forget it is it's not just them that have to pay taxes to clean up the stinking messes they leave, it is ALL of us and some of us don't like that.

So which is it?

Commies or 'socialist left' - two different political ideologies, dude.

Yea, I use to think so too.

Yea, I use to think so too. Guess they merged.

A better and peaceful world is possible — a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA. - CPUSA

Unless you would prefer socialist egalitarian

There are many ways to kick heinie, sir.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Freedom of Speech

Is anyone surprised that the party of voter suppression hates free speech?

Saying you're a patriot ...

...doesn't necessarily make you one. All this talk about 'small government' - 'keeping the government out of my business'- 'can't take my guns' 'can't infringe on my 2nd amendment rights' miss the point when the so-called patriots are all about government "intervention."

Jason - your rights are NOT being infringed upon. I like the little jab about we couldn't do it but other people got to do it (whether it's a fact or not). Even my 8 year-old has stopped using that excuse. The protests I've been to have been outside on the steps which may or may not be different than being inside. I don't know.

Regardless of whether Ms Luna is related to Mr. Luna(her brother), appointed by Mr. Otter via nepotistic means is beside the point. She as administrator may be responsible for the grounds; she also needs to be responsible in knowing how the state constitution/U.S. constitution works regarding the First Amendment.

Loonie

Rumor has it she has a second job as a food taster.

Extra Size

Is that big woman in the photo Teresa Luna?

Whoever it is, she needs some education on diet and excerSIZE.... dang!

I saw no pictures of her in any context or link.

I think you insulted Dan's judgement by subverting his editorial choice of illustration, leading him to withdraw that picture. Shame on two of you for such low blows.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.