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Facilities and Security

Facilities and Security

STATEHOUSE SECURITY

lockState legislatures have adopted many security measures to keep lawmakers, employees and citizens safe.

Metal Detectors - Many state capitols utilize metal detectors.

Statehouse Security - Making capitols safe requires a balance between security and access.

 

CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT

Maintaining continuity of government during emergency situations is of growing concern to the states. Many legislatures have enacted legislation that provides clear instruction for lines of succession should members of the legislature or other elected officials be unable to perform their duties. They may also direct the relocation of state or local government when necessary.

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HISTORIC TREASURES

State capitols are some of the most historically significant buildings in the country. Portions of the oldest capitols were constructed as early as 1772-1795, while the vast majority were built between 1815 and 1915. Many were constructed using rare materials and craftsman and nearly every state capitol contains irreplaceable murals by significant artists.

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OVERVIEW | FACILITIES AND SECURITY

They are often called the "temples of democracy." State capitols or state houses are the places where the legislatures tend to the business of the people. The beauty and grandeur of these buildings add an air of importance to the work that takes place there.

In order to conduct the business of the legislature, the capitol buildings must be maintained, upgraded to accommodate current technology, and secured to ensure that the public, and the occupants are safe to conduct state business.

State legislatures face great expectations for public access to government services and they have given high priority to delivering these services to promote a government readily accessible and responsive to its citizens. The significance of these efforts serves as a reminder of the balance that must be maintained between public safety for legislators and staff while also encouraging citizen participation in the legislative process.

 

 
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