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Seating the eighty men and women elected to represent the Assembly districts within the state of California, the Assembly Chamber is one of the most secure areas in the State Capitol. The Assembly members, together with the Senate members, are collectively known as the State Legislature.
The Assembly Chamber is modeled after the House of Commons of the British Parliament. It features a multitude of green overtones outlined in a brass alloy. The motto of the Assembly is prominently displayed in Latin above the chambers. Translated, it reads, "It is the duty of the legislature to pass just or fair laws."
Before the Assembly is called to order, the Security and Special Services divisions work together to prepare the Assembly Chamber. The Chamber is scanned with a portable explosive ordinance detection device, and checked for any suspicious objects. Appropriate materials are then placed on each Member's desk prior to the start of each Session. After the Chamber is deemed safe, the doors are unlocked and the Assembly Members are allowed to enter. Once they are seated at their desks and a quorum is established, Session can be called to order by the Speaker.
During the Assembly Floor Session, the Assembly Sergeants are responsible for maintaining order and decorum in the Assembly Chamber. They monitor all entrances and control access to the Assembly Chamber and provide security for the public gallery. During Session, Sergeants work as liaisons between the public, staff, lobbyists, and Assembly Members. Access to the Assembly Chambers is restricted; however, the Assembly gallery is available for public viewing during Session.