TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three Kansas State University students who were barred from the Kansas Statehouse for a year have been reinstated.

The Kansas City Star reports capitol officials on Thursday reversed the ban that was imposed Wednesday after the students helped hang large banners saying top Republican legislators who oppose expanding Medicaid have "blood on their hands."

The four banners were up for only a few minutes before they were taken down.

Capitol Police Officer Scott Whitsell said Wednesday that he banned the students because they violated a policy that requires protesters to get permission before hanging banners. They were escorted out of the building by the Kansas Highway Patrol, which operates security in the Statehouse.

An explanation for the reversal was not immediately available.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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