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Reminder: Jan. 17 events to bring parking, traffic and noise impacts

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The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued permits for Capitol Campus events that will use the North Steps of the Legislative Building and also bring traffic, parking and noise impacts.

Parking closures include the Flag Circle and the visitor parking lot on the west side of the GA Building. In addition, the North and South Diagonals are closed to public parking and reserved for designated state agency use.

Permitted events include two rallies:

About 200 are expected to attend a “We Vape We Vote Rally,” according to event organizers United Vapers Alliance. The event runs from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

About 150 are expected to attend a “Rally for Your Rights” from 9 to 11 a.m., according to organizers Gun Rights Coalition. Some participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as allowed under state law. There is no prohibition against openly carrying guns on the grounds of the state Capitol Campus in Olympia. 

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is aware of the event and will be present on the campus that day. WSP advises anyone who perceives a threat on the Capitol grounds to call 9-1-1.

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