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Legislature tackles animal advocacy, going paperless

The passed bill also sends a message that the legislature can effectively juggle multiple tasks.

"We balanced a budget, closed a $10 billion deficit, had the property tax cap, mandate relief this shows we can do both at the same time," said Tedisco.

Tedisco also announced the passage of legislation he co-sponsored and lobbied hard for during the budget debate that would begin New York State's transition to go paperless.

The bill, which was passed by the legislature and awaits review and action by Cuomo, amended the constitution to stop the placement of paper copies of bills on the 212 legislative desks and instead permit a digital copy to be acceptable.

"This is a major step in the right direction, not only for more efficiency and effectiveness but the third leg is to protect Mother Earth," said Tedisco.

Tedisco said this legislature could expect to save around $60 million by going paperless.

"About $15 million or more was spent n just printing and $45 to $50 million for the Office of General Service, which we found out during the debate on the budget that 80 to 90 percent of waste is paperwork we put on our desks as stipulated by the constitution," said Tedisco.

Legislators who wish to obtain a paper copy of bills would still have access to them by requesting a printed copy. The money savings come from the fact that bills will no longer be printed by the thousands and sit in the document room for pick-up, they'll be printed on a request basis.

Bills will be read in an unalterable electronic format in a computer system that already exists in the Senate and Assembly; but now legislators can access the system at their desks.

"There's a computer system, we'll have computers built into our desks that several other states do, and it would be printed like a legislative bill would be printed except we'd bring it up on a computer system and the memos would be in the computer system," said Tedisco.

The legislature also passed a bill co-sponsored by Tedisco that allows real property documents to be filed electronically, something the current law does not permit.

"This bill, which cuts down on paper usage and promotes greater government efficiency, is very much in synch with our holistic approach to encouraging government to go digital to protect the environment and save taxpayer dollars," said Tedisco.

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