NY Legislature moves toward a digital world

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June 25, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - After years of debate and after much of the rest of the world went paperless, New York's Legislature is on the verge of going digital.

With the will go a cost of tens of millions of dollars a year for printing bundles of bills several feet thick for legislators and staff. Most of them don't even get read before the reams are dumped, still bundled in twine, into recycling bins.

Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco has long sponsored the bill to go paperless that passed last week. It will go to a public referendum in 2014 because it requires a constitutional change.

The federal government and some other states have moved ahead of New York. They include Florida, which once used several tractor trailers to haul away paper from the Senate each session.

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