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Judge to order mediator for Capitol access case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge plans to order a mediator to assist the parties wrangling over access to the state Capitol, while moving ahead with the rest of the lawsuit.

Judge John Albert said Friday the previous plan for a special master to resolve security issues was “unworkable.” He suggested appointing a mediator to work parallel to the case.

Wisconsin unions have sued the Department of Administration for failing to comply with Albert’s court order to restore Capitol access to pre-protest levels.

Albert said he’ll also order state officials to submit a pending security report by a certain date. The department currently has at least two reports on recommended Capitol security measures in the works.

The parties will meet again Tuesday to make final arrangements for Albert’s plan.

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