U.S. Congress may reinstate smartphone and tablet use in the House

U.S. Congress may reinstate smartphone and tablet use in the House
During the 111th U.S. Congress, legislators were prohibited from using smartphones and tablets while on the floor of the House of Representatives. That meant that they couldn't digitally read over legislation, research certain topics, or play a round of Angry Birds during a boring speech.

The 112th Congress, led by the Republican Majority, is aiming to reinstate the use of smartphones and tablets on the House floor. They stipulate that the use of such gadgets not "impede decorum." Presumably, their use would be limited to reading bills and doing research, rather than perusing iTunes or making phone calls.

The definition of what would "impede decorum" is intentionally vague, as the technologies are still rapidly changing. Brendan Buck, a spokesperson for the Republican Majority Transition Committee, says that "devices are not to make sound and members are not to be speaking on their phones while on the floor. [But] if a member wants to read an amendment, for example, on their iPad, that would be allowed."

Given the current landscape of smartphone integration in our world, it would be odd to see a U.S. Congress without them. But we also wouldn't put it past our representatives to sneak in a little game-time during a particularly boring soapbox rant. Hopefully the use of tablets and smartphones will only increase their productivity. What do you think?

source: Digital Daily

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4 Comments

3. JohnDoe unregistered

You had to comment about the Dems huh?

1. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Sad sad. You should already know you're legislation and key points because it's YOUR JOB! You don't see people going into interviews with their phone and googling "what to say in an interview." I wouldn't put it past the current republicans in the house and senate to be googling similar things. If they know what is good for their party they'll drop this issue and get back to 9/11 RESPONDER HEALTHCARE!

2. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

How can you know the legislation when the Democrats write a 1900 page bill and try passing it the next day without anybody knowing or understanding what the bill does, or every provision in the bill?

4. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I second your motion!

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