New rules for visitation at the Virginia State Capitol

Posted on: 12:00 am, January 9, 2012, by , updated on: 03:05pm, February 23, 2012

RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) – The Virginia State Capitol is one of the most historic structures in the Western Hemisphere.

Every year, thousands of visitors and citizens visit the Virginia State Capitol.

Today, the General Assembly’s Committee on Joint Rules announced new rules for visitation at the Capitol.

They cite the historic uniqueness of the building as one of the reasons. It first opened in 1788, designed by Thomas Jefferson .

The committee also discussed security issues in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Session.

The rules, they said are to:  1) preserve the Capitol, its architecture, artwork and furnishings; 2) ensure that the Capitol remains available to welcome all visitors; and 3) ensure the safety of persons and property in the Capitol.

The rules are posted online as well as at the main Capitol Entrance on Bank Street and outside of both the House and Senate lobbies and galleries.

The Capitol, Gallery & Mezzanine Use Policy for the House is found on the General Assembly’s website homepage under “Current Events at the Capitol” as well as the “Visitor’s Guide” section.
That URL is http://hodcap.state.va.us/publications/Capitol-Use-Guidelines-Capitol-and-House-1-9-12.pdf

The Capitol, Gallery & Mezzanine Use Policy for the Senate is found on the General Assembly’s website homepage under “Current Events at the Capitol” as well as the “Visitor’s Guide” section.

That URL is http://hodcap.state.va.us/publications/Capitol-Use-Guidelines-Capitol-and-Senate-1-9-12.pdf