The State House Trust
Chair: Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
Ex officio: Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate
Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the House of Delegates
Charles L. Edson,Chairman, Maryland Historical Trust
Nonvoting associates: Matthew P. Lalumia, Esq.; Robert R. Neall
Architectural consultant: Maryland Historical Trust
Acting Secretary and Contact: Elaine Rice Bachmann
Acting Deputy State Archivist and Director of Exhibits, Outreach, and Artistic Property
The Trust consists of four ex officio members (or their designees) who serve as trustees. Members of the Trust may appoint from one to three nonvoting associate members who are qualified by experience and interest in historical preservation. The Trust retains an architect as a consultant.
Use of the Senate and House Chambers, the Senate and House Lounges, and the Governor's Reception Room
The use of the Senate Chamber and Lounge is the responsiblity of the Office of the President of the Senate. The use of the House Chamber and Lounge is the responsibility of the Office of the Speaker of the House. The use of the Governor's Reception Room is the responsibility of the Governor's Office.
Receptions and other Ceremonial Events
Due to the historical significance of the building and limited space and facilities, the Trust must confine the use of the State House and grounds to official state functions and events or to business normally conducted in the State House. The Trust will consider the use of the State House by non--state and non--legislative agencies only if such requests are for events which directly relate to the celebration of the history of the State House. The Trust prohibits the use of the State House for commercial ventures, fundraising activities, or private ceremonies, such as weddings.
Requests for the use of the State House for receptions and/or ceremonies must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Trust. Incomplete requests will not be reviewed by the Trust until all required information has been submitted. In order to be considered, the request must include the following:
Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the State House. Food and drinks are prohibited in the House and Senate Chambers.
An invitation list must be submitted to the Secretary one week prior to any event approved by the Trust for use by building security.
Photography or Filming in the State House
Anyone who wishes to photograph or film in the State House for the purposes of a publication, exhibit, or broadcasting for other than short (less than 3 minutes) public service announcements by state agencies and spontaneous news casts must submit a written proposal to the Secretary of the Trust for consideration by the Trust. Proposals will not be reviewed until all required information has been submitted. In order to be considered, the proposal must include the following:
Photography or filming in the State House for personal use is permitted. However, bridal and wedding photography is not permitted in the State House or on the outside steps of the building. The use of the State House grounds for bridal and wedding photography is permitted, but photography must not interfere with pedestrian traffic on the walkways in any way. In addition, care must be taken that no damage is done to the grass or to the landscaping of the grounds.
Public Areas of the State House
The areas of the State House which are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day are on the first floor and include: the Old Senate Chamber, the Stairwell Room, the Senate Committee Room, the Rotunda, the Senate and House Chambers, and the lobby. Non-public areas of the State House may only be seen by special arrangement. In the interest of public safety, the State House dome is closed to visitors at all times.
Please address requests for use of the State House or for information to: