Rosenberg said the only substantive change is expanding the ban on speaking on cell phones in the chamber, so that it includes tablets and other devices that are not phones. Sending text messages and emails from a phone is permitted, Rosenberg said. Rosenberg said that ban is enforced.
“When it is seen, it is pointed out very clearly,” Rosenberg said. “There have been times when the senate president has basically, from the rostrum, said to both staff and members, ‘We have a rule against using your cell phones,’” Rosenberg said. He said that after an overhaul about four years ago, the rules are “still pretty fresh.”