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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Schoesler concerned by Capitol closure


January 21, 2021

Heather Davis | Washington State Patrol

National Guardsmen stand inside of a fence put in place to prevent protesters from entering the part of the Capitol campus.

OLYMPIA — Sen. Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative session.

Buildings on campus have been closed to the public since last March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But following the break-in of the nation's Capitol, Gov. Jay Inslee has fenced in several buildings and deployed a contingent of nearly 1,000 National Guardsmen and Washington State Patrol troopers to secure the campus through at least Jan. 20.

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