The House Chamber
Directly opposite the Senate in the Rhode Island Statehouse is the House Chamber. It is the home of the 100 members of the House of Representatives. The presiding officer of the House is the Speaker, elected by the membership at the beginning of each two-year session. The speaker controls the floor and the flow of legislation submitted and also votes as a regular member of the House on all bills before it. The House handles hundreds of bills each year. The House Chamber is 56 feet by 56 feet and is 45 feet high. Each Representative has a desk of oak equipped with a microphone as well as a number of colored buttons so that the Representative can record a yes vote, a no vote, summon a page, or indicate that he or she wishes to speak. The Speaker controls the microphones and the votes are recorded on the large electronic tally boards mounted high up on either side.
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