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.