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California Sergeant-at-Arms

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Assembly Sergeant-At-Arms State Capitol Building, Room 3171 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-2808

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Assembly Chamber

Seating the eighty men and women elected to represent the Assembly districts throughout the state of California, the Assembly Chamber is one of the most secure areas in the State Capitol. The Assembly Members, together with the Members of the Senate, 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 Legislators to make just laws."

Before the Assembly is called to order, the Sergeant-at-Arms Department prepares the Assembly Chamber to ensure a safe and secure environment free from suspicious objects or devices. 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 Assemblymembers are allowed to enter. Once Members 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. Although ccess to the Assembly Chamber is restricted, the Assembly gallery is available for public viewing during Session.