Assembly Goes Paperless
April 22, 2015
Assemblyman Raia pictured with new tablet for reading and analyzing legislation.
On Earth Day 2015, Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) and members of the state Assembly unveiled a new paperless system for viewing and voting on legislation. Last year, voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow for a paperless legislature, enabling the state to place tablets on each member’s desk. Raia, who is on the environmental conservation committee, has been a strong advocate for reducing the state’s excessive use of paper for a number of years. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and I’m overjoyed to finally see this important environmentally-friendly initiative come to fruition,” said Raia. “We vote on thousands of bills every year, and now that every single one will be on our desk electronically, we will save the taxpayers thousands and at least a few forests’ worth of trees.”