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Texas Capitol Information

Published on December 17, 2017 by Sharon Correll

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Directions to the Capitol

Texas Capitol Map

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

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 PDF floorplan of the Capitol building, and this is an interactive floorplan.

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 restrooms are available 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 its location on the map above with the purple circle. Their website can be found here.

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
Convention of states action

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