Security at the Capitol Complex is very similar to that at U.S. Airports these days. You will have to clear security each time you enter (re-enter) the Capitol, the Senate or House Office Buildings from the outside. Once inside, you are free to enjoy your State Capitol.
Here are some tips to ease your trip through business hours security and some things to remember once "inside."
- All visitors must be screened through security checkpoints.
- No weapons or hazardous materials are allowed in the Capitol.
- No sealed envelopes or packages can be brought into the Capitol Building.
- Show up early for appointments.
- Be patient with security.
- Don't leave articles unattended in the Capitol (unless you want to see your tax dollars at work when the bomb squad gets called in)
Additional Security Regulations for after hours events on the Capitol's 22nd Floor
- All persons attending after-hours functions within the Capitol Complex, who do not possess a current Capitol Complex Access Card, must be screened at the East Plaza security screening points.
- All packages in possession of visitors, sealed or unsealed, entering the Capitol Complex will be screened as deemed appropriate by security personnel.
- All visitors attending after-hours functions must enter the Capitol Complex at the East Plaza security screening point and proceed directly to the 22nd Floor. Any visitor found by security personnel in any area of the Capitol Complex other than the 22nd Floor or point of access/egress will be asked to leave the complex and not be allowed to return to the function.