The Senate Rules Committee approved a resolution permitting laptops on the Senate floor.
The modern wing of the party, including Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, and Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, opposed this view, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The resolution now goes before the complete Senate:
The resolution could face an uphill battle. It passed the Rules committee only after Shields urged senators to allow it to get to the floor for debate. In the committee, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, and Sen. Joan Bray, D-University City, all said they opposed the use of laptops on the floor.
“I personally don’t want computers in the chamber,” Bray said.
Nodler was even tougher. “I don’t like them under any circumstances,” he said.
That was the only Nodler quote featured in the article. Despite rumors, these are things that Nodler did not say Tuesday, though it is easy to believe that they came out of his mouth:
-"No laptops and none of this women's lib. In my part of Missouri, we like to keep our women barefoot and...well, just barefoot until we think of something."
-"No one can say I am not wired into the 21st Century. I will be the first in line to buy the Microsoft Abacus."
-"And you say this machine will replace the 1-900 numbers?"
-"It's not too early to call me Congressman."
="Are you sure that little tramp was Charlie Chaplin?"