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No Web Surfing for State Senators

February 1, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau

Link: SR150

Senators in Jefferson City are going to keep e-mail out of the chamber.

Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

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The Senate has rejected a rule change allowing Senators to use laptops in the Senate Chamber.

Critics claimed laptops would distract senators and hurt decorum.

Jackson County Senator Victor Callahan says laptops could also be the first step in giving lobbyists more control of floor debate.

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RunTime: 9secs
OutCue: "directly communicate with us on the floor."


Contents: "I don't know if you saw the movie Manchurian Candidate, maybe we could just have diodes put in our brain so they don't even need to directly communicate with us on the floor.

Supporters say the rule would have increased efficiency and decreased paper waste.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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There will be no web surfing in the chamber for state Senators.

Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

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State Senators rejected a rule change allowing lap-tops in the Senate chamber.

Supporters say the rule would have increased efficiency, decreased paper waste, and improved floor debate.

Senator Chris Koster disagrees.

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RunTime: 13 secs
OutCue: Take away from the quality of the debate we engage in.


Contents: "I think the constituents would be surprised we wanted to take our work to this holy place and take that work here and, in any way, take away from the quality of the debate we engage in."

Critics also claimed laptops would be distract senators and hurt decorum.

The state house of reps allows laptops with limited internet access in their chamber.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.