Indiana Legislators Test iPads To Save Paper

A two-month pilot-study tests whether legislators could potentially use iPads to cut back on paper costs.

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If the study proves successful, more legislators could be using iPads at the capitol.

Indiana legislators could soon be using iPads for their legislative work hoping to save on paper.

A legislative study committee members will use iPads given to them by the state Legislative Services Agency and work with them the next two months as part of a test run. The members must provide feedback daily using a suvey the LSA created.

The LSA’s goal is to investigate whether the General Assembly would benefit by using iPads for legislative work – both in the Statehouse and out in their districts.

“In terms of being able to reduce the amount of paper that’s used here as well as increase our ability to move new data quickly, this may have a great deal of utility for legislators,” Wheatfield Senator Brandt Hershman said.

The committee says it will pay particular attention to the cost. If the iPads can replace the laptops given out to legislators, it could offset the budgetary impact. Hershman says there are additional potential cost savings.

“You talk about how to pay for this,” he said. “We may be able to pay for a significant amount of it just in paper savings.”

The committee expects to make a recommendation to the General Assembly by the end of October.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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