Tedisco: “Assembly Goes Wi-Fi With A Hostspot, Now’s The Time To Go Digital And Burn The Paper”

Assemblyman says now that Assembly Chamber offers wireless Internet service, there’s no reason to continue to spend $13 million a year on bill printing plus trash removal
May 17, 2011
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today said that now that the Assembly Majority will host a wireless hotspot in the Assembly Chamber the next step should be to go digital and take up his legislation to stop the wasteful printing of bills and reports that’s bad for the environment and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

“This is a step in the right direction and it certainly is confirmation that my message of the need for New York State government to save taxpayers’ money and reduce our state’s carbon footprint is resonating,” said Tedisco. “Now that the Assembly has gone Wi-Fi, now’s the time for it to go digital and burn the paper.”

During the this year’s budget debate, Tedisco discovered it costs taxpayers $13 million for legislative printing and a large part of the $40 million for the state Office of General Services to haul waste away from the Legislature and state agencies.

Tedisco’s first bill, A.6469, would amend the constitution to stop the placement of paper copies of bills on the 212 legislative desks and permit a digital copy to suffice. Tedisco’s second measure, A.6470, the “Legislative Online Digital Paperwork Reduction Act,” needs no constitutional change and would end the unnecessary printing of state agency and legislative reports, digests and the hundreds of thousands of bills that sit in the Assembly and Senate Document rooms waiting for someone, anyone, to pick them up.

“When you consider the costs of all this wasteful printing to taxpayers and the environment, now that the Assembly has gone Wi-Fi, it’s obvious that going digital just makes ‘cents,’” said Tedisco.