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Last updated on Monday, January 2, 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) - New policies and procedures for visiting the Indiana State House will
be effective January 1.
To ensure public safety and access to the building, the Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office, the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) will implement the following protocols.
"Public safety is our primary concern as we work to facilitate the most possible
accessibility to the state capitol and the legislative process while ensuring, at the
same time, the safest possible environment," said State Police Superintendent Paul
Whitesell. "These procedures are reflective of those used at the Nation's Capitol and are
necessary to ensure public safety. During the last legislative session, several scheduled
events were interrupted or canceled, and we want everyone who visits or schedules an
event in the building to have a pleasant and successful experience."
Here is an overview of the policies. More information, including a detailed code of
conduct, maybe found on the websites of the IDOA and the State Police.
• The State House will open at 7:30 a.m. each day and will close at 5:00 p.m. or, at to official meeting rooms due to hallways that are narrow and must remain
• Assembly on the 3rd floor will be limited to official meeting rooms and specified
areas outside of each Legislative Chamber.
• Assembly on the 4th floor will be limited to areas North and South of the rotunda
• A Code of Conduct and a list of items restricted from the State House may be
found at this link: Click http://www.in.gov/isp and look for the words 'Indiana Statehouse and Government Center Security Policies' under the center banner of the ISP website home page. This Code is drawn from the Code of Conduct that has been in place at the Nation's Capitol for some time.
• The State Fire Marshall has determined ordinary occupancy of the building should
not exceed 3,000 people. This includes those who work in the State House.
Traffic will be restricted on Robert Orr Drive. The North end of Senate Avenue will be
reserved for Handicapped access and emergency vehicles. Handicapped access to the
State House will remain at the West entrance on the first floor. Media parking remains
at the south end of Senate Avenue. Usual traffic from West Street onto Robert Orr Drive
will be returned to West Street at the divider.
the conclusion of the day's legislative business.
• The general public will enter the State House through the East doors.
• Hallways and stairs must remain free of obstruction and afford safe movement
throughout the day.
• The main (2nd) floor of the State House is the primary assembly area for visitors
inside the building.
• The South lawn is the primary assembly area for those who are outside the State
• Inside the State House, assembly in the basement (first floor) will be restricted.
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