Friday, February 23, 2007

More State Legislatures bar electronics on floor


(Maine) acted after a representative observed lobbyists emailing legislators as they debated bills. Also this year, the Oregon Senate has barred "cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices that detract from the decorum" of their august body, copying a rule that was already in place in that state's House.

In recent years, the Colorado and North Carolina state senates also have banned electronic communications while they conduct official business.

"We're a deliberative body, and when you're in [the chamber] you're supposed to be listening," said North Carolina Sen. Tony Rand (D).