MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Doors of the Wisconsin state Capitol closed for the past 12 years as a security measure following the Sept. 11 attacks are once again open.
Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch announced Monday that opening the doors was "both a literal and symbolic gesture" to show that the Capitol is open and government is transparent.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration was harshly criticized during the 2011 union protests for limiting Capitol access, including closing entrances and temporarily installing metal detectors.
The newly opened entrances are on four sides of the Capitol at the top of outdoor stairs long popular with wedding parties and others posing for pictures. Until Monday, the only way to enter the Capitol was through doors on the ground floor.