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RULE §111.15Use of the Capitol, Capitol Extension, Capitol Grounds, and General Land Office for Film or Video Production

(a) Definition and approval of film or video production.

  (1) A film or video production is defined as a sound and visual production, including a film, television program, national or multistate commercial, or digital interactive media production. The rules listed in this section do not apply to news gathering by the press.

  (2) All film or video production must be approved by the office of the State Preservation Board. The office of the State Preservation Board reserves the right to deny use of the Capitol for reasons involving security, preservation of the Capitol as a national historic landmark, impact on the buildings or their occupants, and the appropriateness of the proposed activities within a public building. A decision will be made after a careful review of the content, purpose, and impact on the buildings.

  (3) Film or video production for commercial advertising purposes is strictly prohibited.

(b) Scheduling of film or video production.

  (1) The office of the State Preservation Board will be responsible for scheduling production dates.

  (2) All production companies will be required to fill out an application and submit a letter of intent to proceed with production.

  (3) The office of the State Preservation Board will require production walk-throughs to discuss security, parking, electrical, and other special needs.

  (4) All production companies will be required to enter into a location agreement which outlines a production schedule, shot-sheet, liability for damages and injury, proof of insurance, preparation work, and post-production clean-up.

  (5) The State Preservation Board may charge a fee, in an amount set by the executive director, for use of the Capitol, Capitol Extension, or General Land Office Building. Income from fees under this paragraph shall be used for preservation of the buildings.

  (6) The State Preservation Board shall be reimbursed for staff time allocated to any filming or videoing activity, including benefits and support costs.

  (7) Production activities will generally be prohibited during standard business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays) and during legislative sessions.

(c) Use of the Capitol.

  (1) Film or video production activities must be compatible with the preservation of the historic preservation of the Capitol.

  (2) Construction in the Capitol for production purposes is strictly prohibited.

  (3) Film or video production is prohibited in the Historically Significant spaces listed: House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Original Governor's Office, Treasury, Legislative Library, Supreme Courtroom, Appeals Courtroom, Agricultural Museum Room, Secretary of State's Office, Governor's Reception Room. The Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate may authorize the use of video in the House Chamber or Senate Chamber for governmental purposes or special activities scheduled by the House or Senate.

  (4) Attachments to or contact with furnishings, artwork, or architectural surfaces is strictly prohibited.

  (5) Any film or video production aids or equipment must be freestanding with a stable base.

Source Note: The provisions of this §111.15 adopted to be effective July 20, 1988, 13 TexReg 3411; amended to be effective November 12, 1991, 16 TexReg 6129; amended to be effective April 12, 1994, 19 TexReg 2197; amended to be effective April 4, 1996, 21 TexReg 2643; amended to be effective July 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 4891

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