- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The great stacks of paper atop the desks of New York state lawmakers will soon be replaced by a sleek computer tablet.

Crews are at the same time installing wires in the desks of lawmakers in the state Assembly, three months after voters approved a constitutional amendment intended to bring the Legislature into the digital age.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Friday the creation of a new bipartisan working group to oversee the change. Previously, the state constitution had required printed bills, which tended to pile up on lawmakers’ desks.

Lawmakers say the switch to paperless legislating will save millions of dollars in printing costs and reduce the Legislature’s demand for paper.

Heastie says he expects lawmakers will begin using computer tablets before the 2015 session ends in June.

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