Miss. Senate transparency chairman bans cellphones

The Senate Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee had a standing-room-only crowd as it met to discuss several bills, including one to change the Jackson airport board.

Committee Chairman John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, announced at the outset that people could not use electronic devices or stand too close to senators during the meeting. Senators were seated at a large table, and the Senate sergeant at arms, Rick Hux, told spectators they couldn’t stand along one of the walls behind the table.

People stood in three or four rows at the end of the table, and Hux quietly walked over to a few during the meeting and admonished them to stop using cellphones.