Etiquette at Public Forums

Follow these guidelines to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Capitol and other public facilities.

  • Food and beverages (including bottled water) are prohibited in the committee rooms and in the House and Senate Chambers.
  • Silence your cell phone or other electronic devices and do not talk on your cell phone during the committee/floor meeting.
  • Remove hats while inside the Capitol.
  • If a committee room is full there are usually “overflow” rooms for additional seating.
  • If elected officials say something during a committee or floor discussion that you do not agree with, do not boo or yell. Likewise, do not applaud or cheer in support of comments that align with your position.  
  • If you are interested in speaking at a committee meeting, see How To Provide Public Testimony for more information.
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