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Court hearing: Wis. lawmakers say Capitol restrictions hurting jobs

Wisconsin state Reps. Cory Mason (center), D-Racine, and Fred Clark make their way through cheering protestors on Feb. 18 at the state Capitol in Madison. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin state Reps. Cory Mason (center), D-Racine, and Fred Clark make their way through cheering protestors on Feb. 18 at the state Capitol in Madison. Mason testified at a hearing Wednesday that he can't do his job because restrictions have dramatically curtailed movement in the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin lawmakers say they can’t do their jobs because restrictions on protesters have dramatically curtailed movement in the state Capitol.

Reps. Kelda Roys and Cory Mason, both Democrats, testified Wednesday at a court hearing on whether state officials overstepped their bounds when they decided to severely limit access to the Capitol on Monday.

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The state Department of Administration made the move after two weeks of massive rallies inside and outside the building against Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip most public workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights.

Roys said police have denied her access, forcing her to crawl through a colleague’s window to get inside on Tuesday. Mason said it’s next to impossible to meet with constituents in the building.

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