State Won't Bar Occupy Boise Encampment

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After a Wednesday, Nov. 2, meeting, the Idaho State Department of Administration has issued an official response to the Occupy Boise movement in the form of a letter to the group's Dean Gunderson. The group voted in a prior general assembly meeting to utilize the lawn of the old Ada County Courthouse for a Zuccotti Park-like encampment.

According to the letter, the state won't bar them from using the lawn, citing their plans to keep the tent city self-sufficient, health and safety maintained, and to make sure the property doesn't get trashed.

In addition to the operation plan requested by the department, Occupy Boise is supplying a copy of a self-generated code-of-conduct manifesto, a list of decorum necessary to be involved in the camp.

"We should have those in hand if not by the end of the day, then at least by tomorrow," said Teresa Luna, Administration Department director.

The department has also asked that the group confine their encampment to the southeast lawn, so that veterans aren't restricted from paying homage to the property's Fallen Soldier Memorial for Veteran's Day and for the Saturday, Nov. 5, parade.

"We’ve asked that they only occupy the southeast corner, at least until the 11th, to keep that area as open as possible," said Luna.