For legislature, iPads are in and old ways are out

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Updated: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:42:35 CST

The times they are a'changing and now the Nebraska State Legislature is trying to keep up.

Up until this week, State Senators were not allowed to use smartphones and tablets in committee hearings.  But now all of that has changed.

On Monday, a new rule proposed by Senator Annette Dubas was passed allowing Senators to use their technology during hearings.

But with the rule, it's up to each committee chair on whether or not their committee can break out their iPads and iPhones.

"There's still been a real resistance to, is it appropriate to allow the use of this technology in committees. Does it appear like if we're using it we're not paying attention to what's going on so committee chairs have kind of had some reservations," said State Senator Annette Dubas, District 34. 

Senator Dubas says she proposed the rule because she relies heavily on her own iPad for note taking.