House floor could get gadget-happy

BlackBerrys, iPads and smartphones could soon be showing up on the floor of the House, under new rules introduced by House Republican leaders

BlackBerrys, iPads and smartphones could soon be showing up on the floor of the House, under new rules introduced by House Republican leaders.

As reported by the Washington Post, the current rule against the use of wireless phones or personal computers on the floor have been modified to ban any device "that impairs decorum."

"In other words, as long as you've turned down your cellphone ringer and you're not strolling around the floor chatting with your broker or helping the kids with their homework, feel free to tap away," writes Ruth Marcus.

"If the Senate is the world's greatest deliberative body, the House is poised to be the world's greatest tweeting one," Marcus adds.

About the Author

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications: civic.com, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

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