Thousands are rallying in front of the Statehouse – but we’re hearing it’s nearly empty inside. No one is being allowed to enter the building and flyers are being passed out urging citizens to call John Kasich and Senate President Neihaus to tell them to “open up the Statehouse NOW.”

Update: A Capital Square Review and Advisory Board spokesperson is telling reporters that the decision to keep people out of the Statehouse came from the Department of Public Safety. In other words, the Kasich administration. If you’d like to reach out to the Governor, call his office at (614) 466-3555 and if they don’t answer, try the constituent hotline and make sure they record your complaint (614) 644-4357. And if you feel like it, touch base with Director Charles at the Department of Public Safety (614) 466-3383.

We’re hearing legal actions are also being taken. Don McTigue is rumored to be filing on behalf of concerned citizens, petitioning AG DeWine to open the Statehouse. If he does not comply a lawsuit will be filed asking for immediate relief.

Update 2: After a press conference by House and Senate Democrats and the threat of a lawsuit, the Statehouse doors have been opened and protesters have been allowed to come inside. We’ll leave the phone numbers up in case you still feel like sharing your thoughts with the administration on how this was handled, but it sounds as though the situation’s been improved.

 
  • guest

    Done and done. Thanks Joseph

  • Called. Operator was annoyed. Sounds like it’s working. 🙂

    Thanks for amazing coverage today.

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  • Cathy Sacher

    Called the governor’s number. The receptionist on the phone said that fire marshal closed it, because there were too many people inside the Statehouse for it to be safe. She said that the governor could do nothing about it. Thoughts, anyone?

  • Curls686

    Called. Mailbox is full!

  • Curls686

    Called. Mailbox is full!

  • Cpabst39

    The Governor’s office will not take accountability for this. They refused to help me or take my complaint. The Department of Public Safety referred me back to the Governor’s office.

  • Cpabst39

    The Governor’s office will not take accountability for this. They refused to help me or take my complaint. The Department of Public Safety referred me back to the Governor’s office.

  • Bobcat337x

    I just called. I was advised it was a safety issue. I ask why it was not an issue last week and she said she didn’t know. Keep calling

  • Bobcat337x

    I just called. I was advised it was a safety issue. I ask why it was not an issue last week and she said she didn’t know. Keep calling

  • Lindalou50

    Called all 3 numbers. Told them the Statehouse belongs to the people of the State of Ohio. Was told it was a security issue. Wasn’t a problem the other day !!!!!!!

  • Lindalou50

    Called all 3 numbers. Told them the Statehouse belongs to the people of the State of Ohio. Was told it was a security issue. Wasn’t a problem the other day !!!!!!!

  • Jodie63

    I called. The operator said that “they’ve probably locked the doors because it’s filled to capacity.” I said “sounds like they’re locking out the union to me”
    She said “uh huh.”

  • john

    The Dispatch says the Ohio Highway Patrol has limited visitors “inside” the Statehouse. Of course, we know who is in charge of the OHP, don’t we? His initials are JK.
    I called and finially made contact at Kasich’s office, they said that the “Capitol Square Advisory” was in charge of the Statehouse, that they weren’t. I asked for the Capitol Square Advisory’s telephone number and they said that they didn’t have it. Imagine that!!!!!!

  • Enter by force, if necessary. It’s a public building. The locks and/or security guards can’t be a match for 5,000 workers.

  • Enter by force, if necessary. It’s a public building. The locks and/or security guards can’t be a match for 5,000 workers.

  • Jbratt1221

    been on hold 5 minutes….

  • Jbratt1221

    been on hold 5 minutes….

  • Jbratt1221

    DONE!

  • clambake

    That’s what I got too. The governor is taking no responsibility for this.

    Big surprise.

  • pat

    I called the Governor’s his office at (614) 466-3555 and was told it was not the Govenor’s decision to close the Statehouse, they said it was the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board decision. I tried to call the Advisory Board 614-752-9777 but it was closed, left a message and asked to be called tomorrow. From the UPDATE above, the fingers are pointing at each other.

  • cannot

    Any building has a capacity limit, even an elevator. Once that is exceeded, no one else may enter until someone leaves!! It’s just common sense. The statehouse is no exception! Fire Marshals have this control.

  • jim

    And who payes them.

  • ronald griesinger

    I try to tell everyone that these tea party wing nuts were nothing but ultra conservative union busters if they take our wages who they got left to pay the taxes THEM like that will happen

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  • Anonymous

    Governor’s office is probably lying. Capitol Square has already said it was the Patrol’s decision. Thomas Charles, head of the Ohio Department of Public Safety reportedly has confirmed this in a misguided attempt to deflect blame.

  • Smarish

    Just goes to show what happens when people vote Repugnant and think they’re going to ‘compromise’.

  • guest

    We were there. It was FAR from full or capacity. Just another way to shut us out, that ‘s all! This is the people’s building, let us in!

  • OHCOP

    i THINK THE STATE HOUSE CAN HOLD MORE THEN 750 PEOPLE….. OH THATS RIGHT “THEY” ALLOWED ANOTHER 500 PEOPLE IN ….. OH OH THE FIRE MARSHAL IS GOING TO BE MAD…. NEVER MIND HE’S A STATE EMPLOYEE….

  • Anonymous

    Of course, the thing you neglect to mention is that the Statehouse was no where NEAR capacity under the fire code.

  • Metadockian

    Bad idea. Do not give them a reason for Riot gear.

  • Rich8704

    its not surprising that this guy mascerading as a leader, Govenor Kasich wants to lock out the average citizen out of the capitol, since he feels the average citizen should not be able to be treated wity respect and digity on the job.
    This is while they are wined and dined by corporate america
    {also De Winer doesn:t speak for me i am in favor of the Obama health plan and do not need him [dewiner ] telling me whats good for me

  • Buckeye_lost

    Out of sight, out of mind! If he will not see or here you, let your voices be heard by you Senate Representative. Follow the following wesite for names, contact numbers and email addresses: http://www.ohiosenate.gov/directory.html

  • Pamela Newport

    This whole process has been skewed. On Thursday, 13 proponents were carried over and allowed to testify, with basically no time limits. The opponent testimony did not start until late afternoon, and we were told they would go all night, but they would not give us another day. Well, of course people left. Today, we were told that opponents who had gotten in their testimony before Thursday could testify today. UFCW Local 75 had 4 members who did just that, and then the Chair decided that only ONE would be allow to testify. Then when we get there today, they only have ONE entrance open, occasionally allowing people to funnel in. Then they locked us out completely as we shouted “LET US IN!” and “OPEN THE DOORS!” It was insane – my husband had gotten inside and said the rotunda was completely empty but we still weren’t allowed in. As you reported, people eventually got in, but I can’t believe we had to fight to get in and threaten lawsuits – so much for an open forum, or for a fair hearing.

  • Ingthing

    I was in the building, and as I and many others were leaving to go outside (so we could actually hear the opponent testimony) we had to leave through the side doors as many others were being denied entry at the east and west doors. There was plenty of room inside for additional people. The crowds both inside and outside were loud, and I think they didn’t want our noise inside, so additional people were prevented from entering. One protester with a bullhorn was grabbed by security and removed from the building.

  • Ingthing

    I was in the building, and as I and many others were leaving to go outside (so we could actually hear the opponent testimony) we had to leave through the side doors as many others were being denied entry at the east and west doors. There was plenty of room inside for additional people. The crowds both inside and outside were loud, and I think they didn’t want our noise inside, so additional people were prevented from entering. One protester with a bullhorn was grabbed by security and removed from the building.

  • Charles In OH

    Thoughts … Probably 10-15% of the crowd were firefighters. I think we were in good hands.

  • Charles In OH

    Thoughts … Probably 10-15% of the crowd were firefighters. I think we were in good hands.

  • Ken

    The let 750 in. After the meeting above the let another 500 in. The rest were locked out.

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  • guest

    its not the clerk’s fault.

  • guest

    its not the clerk’s fault.

  • Scott Baker

    Are you too lazy to find it yourself? google or call information. Do you think everybody you talk to on the phone has everybody’s number that YOU happen to want? LAZY!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s their JOB, doofus.

    I hope you’re not one of those people constantly complaining about how all state employees are lazy do-nothings and then defending one of Kasich’s minions for being a lazy do-nothing.

  • Anonymous

    It’s their JOB, doofus.

    I hope you’re not one of those people constantly complaining about how all state employees are lazy do-nothings and then defending one of Kasich’s minions for being a lazy do-nothing.

  • Portiaanne

    Are there any updates on this?

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