Just a guess, but Shay Totten seems to have had enough of the effective double standards in place with regard to the use of electronic devices in the Vermont House and Senate. How do we know? His piece in this week’s Seven Days is slugged, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Why are radio and television permitted to stream audio and video on the floor of the Senate, while I have to scratch notes on a steno pad?”
A long title but tough to miss the point.
And of course there’s another double standard: the House allows all smart devices all the time, unless there’s a roll call vote underway. Not so in the Senate. Not so by a long shot.
It’s a great short piece for wrapping your head around the issue, and for highlighting the occasionally self-defeating aspects of Senate tradition. Added bonus? Since this State Senate campaign has championed on-line outreach and digital democracy, Totten ends the piece with our take on the controversy.
One guess which way that conversation went.