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May 7, 2003
It is one of the most accessible public buildings in the nation with essentially unlimited access for the public, exceptions being the senators' offices and the floor of the house/senate during session.
Since Texas is a big-money state, there are plenty of weasly lobbyists hanging around the building on weekdays, trying to influence a few votes here and there.
The grounds of the building are worth a look as well, with several interesting statues commemorating various chapters in Texas state history. It seems as though every statue is of a man on a horse holding a gun. Ah, Texas.
The main atrium is very impressive, with portraits of every governor in Texas history, right up to GWB.
Interesting Opportunity: If you go to the Seargent-at-arm's office next to the House of Representatives on the second floor, you can arrange to get a souvenir flag for any special occasion. This flag comes complete with a certificate of authenticity detailing the date that it was flown over the capital and commemorating the occasion. They cost between $20 and $40, depending on the size and material. You can even have them shipped to your house.
From journal Yeehaw Austin
November 30, 2001
From journal Things to do near the Capitol & UT campus