California State Capitol
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The California State Capitol is home to the government of California. The building houses the bicameral state legislature and the office of the governor. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process. It is home of the California Legislature since 1869. The building features exhibits and tours - and possibly an opportunity to watch the legislators debate a bill or cast a vote. The building is based on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. The California Senate chamber seats its forty members in a large chamber room decorated in red, which is a reference to the British House of Lords, also the upper house of a bicameral legislature. There are gardens in the surrounding Capitol Park, including trees from around the world. Capitol Park features memorials to significant events involving California like a Civil War Memorial Grove, The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial etc. On January 16, 2001, Michael Bowers, a semi-trailer truck driver with a criminal history, drove over a curb, along a short walk-way, and rammed his truck into the southern portico. The truck's fuel tank ignited, killing the driver, and caused US$15 million in damage to the building.