First a couple tips for your visit here: 1) the entrance is at the back of the Capitol building not up the front stairs
2) tours are on the hour 9-12 but if you miss that you may be able to arrange a shorter tour if the on the hour tour didn't take place. We did this and the guide was sooo accommodating and informative, knowledgeable, personable and funny.
Very interesting to hear about how the state government functions. Quite different from many other states. It's the only state that has always had Native American Tribal representatives. All committees have representatives from the Senate as well as the House. When a vote is cast in the Senate or House you cannot leave until you have voted. And when you vote you have two choices: yes or no. There is no abstaining!
Afterwards went to the gift shop for a Christmas ornament souvenir of our visit. The woman who runs the gift shop was one of the nicest people at a cash register that we have ever met.
Lastly, at this my 20th capitol building visit, I learned that there is a souvenir passport book that gets stamped for each capitol you visit. The great news is that in the back of the book is an address where you can request stamps for the capitols you have visited but didn't get stamps for. Unlike the National Park Service these passports are not displayed which is very similar to the Presidential library passport (as an FYI)
Worth the visit just for how lovely everyone is
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