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Members of the General Assembly's upper chamber clashed on Monday about casting away tradition and allowing portable computers at senatorial desks. The debate featured some impassioned testimony from proponents (such as Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit) and opponents (Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin).
Bartle argued that disallowing the computers provided a disincentive for senators to be on the floor during debate. He also said the restriction went against the idea of producing a citizen's legislature:
Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, noted that former Sen. Chris Koster - a Harrisonville Democrat who is now attorney general - used his phone to outflank him in debates: