Public Access to House Committee Meetings

Health and Safety Protocols 87th Legislature

NOTE: These protocols apply to attendance at a meeting of a House committee held in the Capitol Building, Capitol Extension, John H. Reagan Building, or Robert E. Johnson Conference Center.


Building Access

  • Public access to the Capitol Building and Capitol Extension is available only through the north entrance of the Capitol Building.
  • Public access to the John H. Reagan Building is available only through the east entrance.
  • Public access to the Robert E. Johnson Conference Center is only through the main doors located on the south end of the center. The center is located behind the Robert E. Johnson State Office Building on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Congress Ave.
  • All individuals entering these buildings are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth and complies with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available just outside the north entrance to the Capitol Building. No personal data is collected at the testing site. Testing is not required to enter these buildings.

Hearing Room Access and Protocols

  • Hearing room capacity has been reduced and public seating in the audience area of a hearing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, to the extent seats are available.
  • House rules require face masks to be worn at all times in committee hearing rooms. A witness may temporarily remove his or her mask only while speaking from a microphone on the witness podium. Committee members may remove their masks when seated at the dais. Committee staff and House officers may remove their masks when directed to do so by the chair.

Health and Safety Protocols

Individuals entering these buildings are strongly encouraged to:

  • Practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of distance from other individuals.
  • Wash and sanitize hands often. Hand sanitizer stations are available at the entrance to each hearing room and other locations throughout these buildings.
  • Self-screen for the following signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building and stay home when sick:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19