NYS Assembly converts paper stacks to tablets

Photo courtesy Assemblyman Jim Tedesco

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Many of New York’s 213 legislators are now joining the digital age.

The 150 desks in the ornate chamber of the Assembly now have computer tablets mounted, with four large boxes on the screens that legislators can click to see their calendars, look up bills, research legislation and find out where a particular measure stands in the aging process before it can be voted on.

Down the hall in the Capitol, the ornate Senate chamber still has fat, black binders full of paper on its 63 lawmakers’ desks.

New Yorkers approved a constitutional amendment last fall that permits the Legislature to switch from printed to electronic bills.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says they’re starting on Earth Day with the switch that will save paper and money.

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