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Visiting the Louisiana State Capitol Complex
The Louisiana State Capitol Complex is located in downtown Baton Rouge, situated between the Mississippi River and Interstate I-110 just before the Governor’s Mansion curve.
Below please find information which will assist you during your visit to the State Capitol:
During the Legislative Session parking is very limited throughout the Capitol Complex and is regulated by a parking pass system. It is recommended that all visitors park in one of several nearby parking garages.
When the Legislature is not in session, complimentary parking is available throughout the Capitol Complex and surrounding grounds. Generally, there is ample parking located in front of the Capitol steps, between the Capitol and Huey P. Long Formal Gardens. There is also street parking available alongside the Arsenal Park, in front of the Claiborne Building, and along the street adjacent to the Old State Insurance building. You may also pay to park in several garages.
For a parking guide of downtown Baton Rouge, please click here.
ENTERING THE CAPITOL
Enter the capitol through the capitol main entrance (front doors at the top of the steps) or the side doors (ground level below the main steps) and proceed through security. Please limit items that may set off a metal detector/x-ray machine or call for a detailed bag search (such as extra jewelry and large bags). This will delay your entry into the Capitol. Also, no weapons of any kind are allowed inside the Capitol building.
Public, ADA-compliant restrooms are available on the ground floor and first floor of the Capitol. All restrooms are listed in this map.
Access to Committee and Hearing Rooms are open to the public, but seating is limited. Many meetings are also available for live streaming through the Louisiana Legislature's website. Please place all cell phones and other electronic devices on vibrate mode; you may take phone calls in the hallway only, not in committee rooms. Please be advised that neither food nor drinks are allowed in committee rooms.
The committee process is an opportunity to inform legislators of your position regarding pending legislation. However, the length of this meeting and the number of people who wish to testify may require the imposition of time limitations. If you are with a group, it is advisable to appoint a spokesperson.
You do not have to speak in committee to register your support or opposition to a bill. Please use the witness cards to indicate your position and whether you would like to testify by selecting the proper card – green for support and red for opposition - and checking the appropriate box.
These Witness Cards are available in the committee room and overflow rooms on the witness tables. Carefully read, fill out, and sign the back of the witness card. If you wish to speak, please check the appropriate box on the card. Please return completed cards to the designated staff member or sergeant-at-arms.
Important Note: You must fill out a separate card for each bill you are supporting or opposing.
During Session, House Committees meet once or twice a week in House committee rooms 1 – 6. Please click here for committee schedules and click here to find the particular bill you are interested in following. To view the Senate Committee schedule, click here.
The Louisiana House Dining Hall is located on the Ground Floor of the Capitol and is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit their website or check out their Facebook page for daily lunch specials!
The Louisiana House of Representatives has posted a Virtual Tour of the Capitol on their website. They also offer a Historical Tour of the Capitol Complex here. If you are interested in arranging a tour group, please contact the Visitor Information Desk at (225) 342-7317.
FINDING YOUR LEGISLATORS
To view your local state legislators, visit the following website.
The Capitol is fully equipped to meet the individual needs of ADA visitors. For more information, please click here.