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Today Thimphu, tomorrow Olympia…

The national assembly of Bhutan has banned lawmakers from toting their laptops into the capitol, Thomson Reuters reports, “for fear they might spend their time playing computer games.”

Lawmakers in the Himalayan kingdom, which until recently was a monarchy, overruled objections by lawmakers who said the laptops are more convenient than paper.

As I’ve written before, this is a reform that would be extremely difficult in Olympia, where lawmakers in just a few years have become accustomed to routinely pecking away on email (and sometimes solitaire) on their state-issued laptops during as they listen — sort of — to hearing testimony and floor speeches.

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