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State Capitol prepares for SoS protestors

By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network

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LANSING, MI –

Security will be tighter than normal at the state Capitol Wednesday evening. More than a thousand protestors are expected when Governor Granholm delivers her State of the State address.

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The managers responsible for safety and security at the Capitol say there will be more precautions than usual because an unusually large number of protestors is expected. A tea party group; students opposed to eliminating the Michigan Promise college scholarship; and protestors demanding a moratorium on home foreclosures have all reserved space on the Capitol lawn.

Steve Benkovsky is the executive director of the Michigan Capitol Committee. He says a State of the State address typically draws between 50 and 500 protestors. This year, he's expecting a crowd of 1,000 to 1,200.

"This is a little larger than usual," he says.

Benkovsky says the Capitol building will be closed to anyone who does not have a ticket to attend the speech. He says allowing another thousand people in would pose a threat if there were a fire or some other emergency.

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