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Occupy Nashville gets 7-day notice to remove tents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Occupy Nashville is being given a 7-day warning to take down its encampment on the War Memorial Plaza next to the state Capitol.

Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law on Friday the measure that makes it illegal for anyone to camp on state-owned land that is not specifically designated for that purpose.

Bill sponsors say the law is aimed at evicting Occupy Nashville protesters. But homeless advocates worry that it will lead to the arrest of homeless people camped far from the Capitol.

Violators can face nearly a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 or both.

The Department of General Services said on Friday that notices are being posted statewide about the new law. The government will begin enforcing it after a 7-day notification period.

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