- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has reversed course and says the state Capitol will remain open to the public on weekends.

Martin’s office on Wednesday announced that the state Capitol will be open on weekends and state holidays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The decision comes less than a month after Martin announced the building would close on weekends for security reasons.

Martin’s office says the decision to keep the Capitol open was made after consulting with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office as well as public officials and others. Hutchinson says he had expressed concern that closing the Capitol on the weekends would limit the public’s access to the building.

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