Number Of Statehouse Committees Using iPads To Double

The Indiana General Assembly is expanding its efforts to go paperless by using iPads in more committees next session.

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Two more Statehouse committees will use iPads this session.

Two legislative committees, one in each chamber, tested out the use of iPad tablet computers last session – almost completely eliminating the committees’ paper use.  Buck Creek Republican Senator Brandt Hershman, who is spearheading the paperless initiatives, says it’s an issue that must be addressed sooner rather than later:

“We use something in the neighborhood of 17 tons of paper per year and there’s not only a significant environmental cost to that but a significant financial cost as well,” Hershman says.

Next session, two more committees will begin using iPads.  The cost comes out of the General Assembly’s budget.  Hershman says there are still problems to address, including issues with software and updating out-of-date technology in the Statehouse.  But he says those problems are not insurmountable:

“I really don’t think we’re far away from a dramatic reduction,” he says.  “Maybe not a complete elimination – and there are some legislators who will still want to use paper which they’ll certainly be allowed to do – but I think you’re talking we’re on the edge of a fairly dramatic change in the way we do business.”

Hershman says that change is likely three to five years away — and closer to three than five.

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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