Waverly lawmaker wants video games off Iowa Senate floor

Sen. Bill Heckroth, D-Waverly, was in the gallery above the Senate this week with visiting family members. What he saw from his high perch prompted him to give his colleagues some gentle advice.

Turn off your video games, especially during floor debate.

"The whole gallery was full of kids. I could hear them chit-chatting. I said to my sister, 'What are they saying?' They're talking about everybody playing games on their computers," Heckroth said. He rose on the Senate floor to make his point Thursday.

"I looked down and there were a lot of people, clerks as well as senators, with solitaire, stuff like that. I just got to thinking that just doesn't look real professional," said Heckroth, who owns a financial consulting business.

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