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Minnesota State Supreme Court Chamber | by J. Stephen Conn
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Minnesota State Supreme Court Chamber

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

-Otto von Bismarck

 

Whenever I visit a state capitol building I always enjoy seeing where the laws are made. As with the United States federal government, each state has three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

 

The Governor is the chief executive of the state. In Minnesota, as in most states, I was not able to see his office on a visit to the capitol. It was Saturday, and although the legistlature was not in session, the House of Representatives and the Senate chambers were open, so I was able to take photos which are included here. The chamber of the judicial office branch of government, the Supreme Court, was also open. There are galleries which allow the public free access to view the proceedings in each of these chambers when they are in session, and I have done so many times in various states, as well as in the national capitol in Washington, D.C.

 

Although the government in the United States is may not be perfect, much of it is at least open and accessible to the public.

  

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Taken in April 2007