September 10, 2010
|The House Chamber contains the meeting space for the 99 members
|of the Ohio House of Representatives.
|The Chamber also includes space for members of the public to observe.
|The restoration of the building during the 1990s restored the chamber
|to its 19th century grandeur, as well as making it
|a fully-functional modern work space.
|In viewing the room, notice sumptuous period details combined with
|high-tech modern additions like television cameras and computers.
|Each House member has approximately 115,000 constituents.
|The center aisle also is a division between political parties
|with Democratic and Republican legislators seated
|on opposite sides of the aisle.
|The House makes use of an electronic voting system.
|Each member makes a yes or no choice with buttons
|built into each desk. Results are tabulated and
|displayed on large computerized displays on each side
|of the chamber, which are framed to capture the period of the building.
|The presence of the new and the old in this chamber emphacizes
|the fact that this building is a blending of two eras.
|The large, elegantly carved chair that is used by
|the Speaker of the House has a colorful myth attached to it.
|It has long been known as the "Lincoln Chair," since Abraham Lincoln
|did address a joint session of the Ohio Legislature
|in this chamber in 1861.
|It is easy to see how such a tall chair might be assumed
|to have been made especially for the use of such a tall man.
|Further research has shown that the chair was not built until 1878,
|so there is no way that Lincoln could have used it since he died in 1865.
|With modern technology today, anyone can view the proceedings of the
|Ohio House of Representatives online at www.ohiochannel.org.