Laptop Ban Cuts Into Bhutan MPs' Computer Gaming
Speaker: "I have seen many of our lawmakers playing computer games when others are debating serious issues"
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
Bhutanese people queue up to cast their votes outside a polling station, in Thimphu, Bhutan, Monday, March 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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(Newser) – Bhutan's parliament has banned members from bringing laptops to work in an attempt to keep lawmakers focused on government business, the BBC reports. "I have seen many of our lawmakers playing computer games when others are debating serious issues," said the speaker of the new democracy's National Assembly. Most MPs accept the ban, but they deny they were goofing off.

"We need the laptops because that saves us the trouble of having to carry huge amounts of paper and documents," said an anonymous MP.