While some details are still being ironed out, our Texas Capitol is now open to the public!
The 87th Texas Legislature will convene next Tuesday, Jan. 12, marking the beginning of our 140-day session. We’re working with our coalition partners to host a Legislative Advocacy Workshop that evening at 7pm to share exactly what protocols will be in place for citizen participation, including testimony during committee hearings. Register here.
(To prepare for the workshop, identify your State Representative and State Senator, then review their voting record.)
The State Preservation Board has announced some of the COVID restrictions in place at the Capitol. Here’s what we know:
Building Public Hours: 9AM – 6PM, Monday – Friday (Closed Saturday/Sunday for cleaning.)
Public Health Precautions:– The public may only enter via the north door of the Capitol and masks are required.- COVID-19 testing is highly recommended and easily accessible on the north plaza at no expense. No personal data will be collected. Some legislators may require visitors to be tested for in-person meetings, which will require an appointment.- Public visitor capacity limits will be observed and social distancing required in all public areas at all times. No public tours or groups or sponsored event space will be available.
The House and Senate will make their own rules relating to how each chamber does business and how committees will operate. The Senate is expected to require a COVID test for anyone offering committee testimony. The House is not expected to do so.
We’ll have more information as it’s made available. Register now to join us next Tuesday for our Legislative Advocacy Workshop.