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Texas Will Lead!

Agenda - TX COS Bill Filing Day at the Capitol

Governor Abbott Will Join Us At the Capitol!!!!

Thank You for RSVPing for our

Historic TX COS Bill Filing Day at the Capitol Event!

This Page will Provide You with Answers to Your Most Common Questions


Plan on Major Group Event(s) Between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The auditorium has been reserved for the Convention of States Texas.

Representatives Rick Miller and Phil King, and Senator Brian Birdwell, will meet with us!

Legislators and their staff will come by to meet with us in the auditorium at 11:30.

Governor Abbott Will Address the Convention of States Supporters

Between 12:15 and 1:00


Visiting Legislator's Offices

With the Holidays approaching, we'll use this time to make short "drop in" visits

to all legislative offices.

We'll have a new Convention of States "One Sheet" to "Leave Behind",

and we'll also bring Holiday Greeting Cards to each legislator.

If your legislator has never met with a Convention of States volunteer,

this is an ideal time to schedule a meeting. Please do so in advance.

Schedule either before 10:00 a.m., or after 1:00 p.m.;

feel free to invite legislators and their staff to join us in the auditorium between 11:30 and 1:00.

As you schedule meetings,

please email State Grassroots Coordinator Bill Ely here,

so he can coordinate with other COS supporters

who will be at the Capitol on the 6th.


Agenda (Note: Subject to Change)

Tentative Schedule:

7:45 - Meet at the Capitol Rotunda

8:00 - Breakfast at the Capitol Grill

8:45 - Meet at the Capitol Auditorium (E1.004); partner up, receive COS Button, One Sheet, Holiday Card

Note: The Capitol Auditorium is directly across from the Capitol Grill

9:00 - Begin visiting legislators' offices, either scheduled meetings or just drop in.  Make sure you visit your House Representative's and your State Senator's offices!

10:00-10:25 - Meet at the North Capitol Steps

10:30-11:00 - Photo Opportunity on the North Capitol Steps

11:30-12:00 - Legislative sponsors Rep. Rick Miller, Rep. Phil King, and Senator Brian Birdwell meet with Convention of States Volunteers

12:00-1:00 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott Will Address COS Supporters!

1:00 - Lunch at the Capitol Grill

2:15 - Meet at the Capitol Auditorium; partner up, receive COS Button, One Sheet, Holiday Card

2:30 - More visiting legislator's offices (meetings or drop ins)

3:00-3:30 - Meet at Capitol Auditorium, big Thank You's, head on home!

We will have one of our COS leaders with previous Capitol experience in the Rotunda at all times, to provide materials and instruction.


Attire: What Should I Wear?

We are here to conduct business with State Legislators and their staff.  We're also grassroots advocates!  Wear any COS shirt you may have (visit the COS Store here!).

Make sure your clothing, and your shoes, are comfortable!


Directions: How Do I Get to the Capitol?

The directions below will work for anyone taking I-35 from either the North Bound or South Bound Direction.  You can also reference map applications on your smart phone, or use a GPS device.

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Coming from the South (San Antonio to Austin) on I-35

Take Exit 235A toward Univ of Texas, 15th & MLK Blvd (Green Line Above)

Turn Left on 15th Street (not the turnaround), toward TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM, CAPITOL VISITORS PARKING (Green Line Above)

Travel West on 15th Street 4 Blocks, Turn Left on San Jacinto Blvd. (Blue Line Above)

Turn Left on 13th Street (Blue Line Above)

The Entrance to the Capitol Visitor Parking is on the Right Side (Blue Line Above)


Coming from the North (Dallas/Ft. Worth to Austin) on I-35

Take Exit 235A toward MLK & 15th St, Univ of Texas (Red Line Above)

The 15th St. exit branches to the left of the off-ramp (Red Line Above)

Turn Right on 15th Street, toward TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM, CAPITOL VISITORS PARKING (Red Line Above)

Travel West on 15th Street 4 Blocks, Turn Left on San Jacinto Blvd. (Blue Line Above)

Turn Left on 13th Street (Blue Line Above)

The Entrance to the Capitol Visitor Parking is on the Right Side (Blue Line Above)


Capitol Visitors Parking

The Capitol Visitors Parking is outlined as a Purple Rectangle above.  There should be ample parking available.  

Make sure you park in a visitor's space, as there are reserved spaces in the lot.

There are two entrances, one on 13th Street, and one on 12th Street (Green Circles Above).  

The Parking Fees range from Free (first two hours) to $12.00

If you plan on being at the Capitol for most of the activities, plan on a $12.00 fee payable when you leave.

The parking structure is about a 4 full blocks walk from the Capitol's East Entrance (Red Circle above).


Entrance to the Texas State Capitol

The Capitol opens at 7:00 a.m., all four entrances.

The closest entrance to the parking structure is the East Entrance (Red Circle above)

The North Entrance (Blue Circle above) provides full handicapped accessiblity

There is a security check upon entrance; be prepared to empty your pockets, check all bags and purses.

If you hold a Texas CHL (Texas Handgun License), the security check is actually quicker!  Notify the Security Guard that you are a CHL holder, and they will check you in through a separate process.

Here is a floorplan of the Capitol building.


Food/Dining Options

The Capitol Grill is located in the Capitol Extension Building, on Floor E1.  It opens at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, and remains open until 5:00 p.m. (with limited service after about 2:00).

Floor E1 is below the ground level where you enter!  The elevators are to the north of the Capitol Rotunda, on both the left and right sides.  Take an elevator DOWN to floor E1.

There are also vending machines available near the Capitol Grill, and an ATM.

Breakfast prices are very reasonable ($2-$3 for the meal, drink extra)

Lunch is also reasonable - expect in the $6-$9 range for sandwiches, hot meals, salads


Restrooms

Restrooms are located right next to the elevators off the north side of the Rotunda.

Also, on every floor of each building, in various places.


Overnight Accommodations

Austin has many hotels and motels from which to choose; the closer to the Capitol, the more you can expect to spend.

The most convenient accommodation is the La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol, located at 300 E. 11th Street (11th Street and San Jacinto Blvd, just 5 blocks from the Capitol).  You can see it's location on the map above with the purple circle.

Their website can be found here.