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Rules For Use Of State Legislative Building

Legislative Services Commission
Amended 11/18/87


RULES OF STATE LEGISLATIVE BUILDING AND
LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING
ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE SERVICES COMMISSION


The State Legislative Building and Legislative Office Building were designed to be a center of interest to visitors to the State government headquarters in Raleigh. The legislative branch of state government performs its function in these buildings. To make visitors feel welcome and at the same time to make it possible for the General Assembly to function effectively, the Legislative Services Commission adopted these rules and regulations.

I. DEFINITIONS.

As used in these rules and except where specifically otherwise provided, the term "Legislative Complex" means the State Legislative Building and its grounds and the State Legislative Office Building and its grounds.

II. VISITORS TO LEGISLATIVE COMPLEX.

1. Public Hours. The Legislative Complex is open to the general public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays and government holidays, the State Legislative Building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sundays, the State Legislative Building is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. When a daily session of the General Assembly or of either house thereof extends beyond 5:00 p.m. or convenes after 5:00 p.m., the buildings remain open to the public until the session adjourns.

2. Unaccompanied Children in Legislative Complex. Unaccompanied children are not permitted in the Legislative Complex. Parents or other adults shall accompany children at all times while in the Legislative Complex and shall supervise the children's activities. Running, horseplay, entrance into or presence in non-public areas are strictly prohibited. The State assumes no liability for unaccompanied children.

3. Visiting on Second Floor of State Legislative Building. Individuals and groups of visitors who come to the State Legislative Building for the purpose of viewing the building and observing the sessions of either or both houses shall not visit the second floor of the building. Legislative staff guides shall conduct groups of visitors so as to comply with this rule. Visitors on the second floor shall, at the request of the legislative staff, state the nature of their business on that floor, and shall immediately leave that floor at the request of legislative staff.

4. General Rules Governing Visitors. Visitors may enter the Legislative Complex at any time the buildings are open to the public, and with the exceptions limiting visits on the second floor of the State Legislative Building, may move freely about the Legislative Complex, so long as they do not disturb the General Assembly. one of its houses, or its committees, members, or staff in the performance of their duties.

The following acts are prohibited:

(a) Littering - Placing or throwing trash, debris, waste matter or any other material on the floors, furnishings, or equipment, or in the pools in the Legislative Complex.

(b) Defacing - Marking, scarring, tearing, breaking, removing, or otherwise damaging walls, floors, ceilings, windows, signs, or any other part of the structure or equipment of the Legislative Complex,

(c) Damaging Plants - Breaking or otherwise damaging the plants in the Legislative Complex.

5. Posting or Display of Signs or Placards. No sign or placard shall be posted or displayed in the Legislative Complex, other than those posted by the General Assembly, one of its houses or committees, or by the Legislative Services Office pursuant to authority granted by the Legislative Services Commission.

Individuals or groups who enter the buildings for the purpose of expressing support for or opposition to an issue shall not carry signs or placards into the Legislative Complex or display signs or placards, except when the signs or placards are worn as badges or are otherwise attached to the dress, do not exceed twenty-five square inches in surface area. and are not libelous or vulgar.

III. POSSESSION OF WEAPONS IN LEGISLATIVE COMPLEX.

1. Possession of deadly weapons is prohibited in the Legislative Complex. This rule shall not apply to:

(a) Officers and enlisted personnel of the armed forces when in the discharge of their official duties as such and acting under orders requiring them to carry arms and weapons.

(b) Civil officers of the United States while in the discharge of their official duties.

(c) Officers and soldiers of the militia and the State guard when on duty or called into service.

(d) Officers or employees of the State, or any county, city, or town charged with the execution of the laws of the State, when acting in the discharge of their official duties if authorized by law to carry weapons.

IV. USE OF LEGISLATIVE COMPLEX.

1. General. The following organizations, groups or agencies, and no others, are authorized to meet in and use the Legislative Complex:

(a) The General Assembly; its two houses, members and staffs, for official legislative business.

(b) Committees and subcommittees of the General Assembly or either of its houses, and their staffs.

(c) The Legislative Services Commission, its committees, subcommittees and staff.

(d) The Legislative Research Commission. its committees, subcommittees and staff.

(e) Special study commissions or committees authorized by law or joint resolution of the General Assembly to meet in and use the complex and, between legislative sessions and as determined by the Legislative Services Commission, all commissions and committees established by the General Assembly and whose membership, whether public or legislative, is composed in some portion of members of the General Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

(f) Party caucuses and committees of legislators.

(g) The Governor's Legislative Counsel and the Counsel's secretary.

(h) The President of the Senate and his legislative staff.

(i) The Institute of Government's Legislative Reporting Staff.

2. Press or News Conferences. No person, other than officers and members of the General Assembly, may have a press or news conference in the Legislative Complex. An interview among two individuals shall not be considered a press conference.

During the legislative session, the rules committee chairmen of each house shall jointly schedule the use of the Press Room. Between legislative sessions, the Legislative Administrative Officer shall schedule the use of the Press Room.

There shall be no obscene or vulgar material placed on the bulletin boards or walls in the Press Room.

3. Student groups sponsored by members of the General Assembly. Groups of students who wish to study the General Assembly as a part of a continuing program or special project may be sponsored by one or more members of the General Assembly. In such a case, the Legislative Administrative Officer is authorized to assign space in the Legislative Complex where a group may assemble for briefing or critiques, but such assignment shall not interfere with the routine operations of the General Assembly, its committees, or its members.

4. Use of Legislative Complex by Non-Legislative Agencies. In individual cases, and upon a showing of compelling need, the Legislative Services Commission may grant special permission to any of the non-legislative agencies of State government to make temporary use of the facilities of the Legislative Complex. Requests for this permission shall be made to the Legislative Administrative Officer and may be granted upon the specific approval of the Legislative Services Commission pursuant to G.S. 120-31(a).

5. Parking.

(a) General. Except as set out in this section, the following persons, and no others, are authorized to park on the grounds of the State Legislative Building as the term "grounds" is defined in G.S. 120-32.2.

1. Members of the General Assembly.

2. The President of the Senate.

3. Elected officers of each house of the General Assembly.

4. The Legislative Administrative Officer.

(b) Emergency Vehicle. A space shall be reserved in the basement parking area for an emergency vehicle. The Legislative Administrative Officer is authorized to park his vehicle in this emergency space. The vehicle shall be available to transport persons to hospitals in emergency situations and for use in other emergency situations.

(c) UNC Center for Public Television Control Vehicle. As UNC Center for Public Television is a non-commercial telecast service of the University of North Carolina, the Legislative Administrative Officer may designate a space in the driveway or on the grounds of the State Legislative Building where the control vehicle for the Center for Public Television station may be parked during sessions of the General Assembly.

(d) Loading Docks. Only persons making deliveries to the Legislative Complex, while making the deliveries, may park at the loading docks or at any other place that the Legislative Administrative Officer or his designee may direct.

(e) Chaplain Parking. The Chaplain of each house, or his officially designated substitute for any daily session, may park on the grounds at the State Legislative Building during the time necessary to perform his duties in opening the sessions only.

(f) Parking at Special Times. On Mondays when sessions are not being held during the day, and on nights when sessions are not scheduled, and when the General Assembly is in recess or has adjourned sine die, the Legislative Administrative Officer may authorize legislative employees to park on the grounds of the State Legislative Building, so long as this parking does not inconvenience members of the General Assembly.

(g) Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles. In addition to prosecution under the provisions of G.S. 20-32. 1. the Legislative Administrative Officer is directed to tow any vehicle parked without authority on the grounds of the State Legislative Building.

6. Use of Grounds of Legislative Complex. Except for purposes of maintenance, repair and servicing of the Legislative Complex no person or group of persons shall congregate on, assemble on, camp on, park on or otherwise occupy the grounds of the State Legislative Building or the Legislative Office Building, as the term "grounds" is defined in G.S. 120-32.2.

7. Violation of Rules - A Misdemeanor. A knowing violation of these rules is a misdemeanor under G.S. 120-32. 1 (b).

CERTIFICATION


The above rules governing the use of the State Legislative Building and Legislative Office Building and their grounds were adopted pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 120-32. 1 (a) by the Legislative Services Commission on the 19th day of December, 1984, and were amended on November 18, 1987. The amended rules were ordered to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the office of Clerk of the Superior Court of Wake County.
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J. J. Harrington Liston B. Ramsey
President Pro Tempore Speaker of the House
Chairman

Legislative Services Commission