Earth Day 2015 is also the day the New York State Assembly began its transition to a paperless system. Assemblymembers have been given iPads to read bills electronically, and supporters say it will save millions of dollars, and trees.
Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle announced the change on the Assembly floor.
“Today we begin officially with tablets,” Morelle said.
Getting rid of the piles of paper that clutter members’ desks each day required a Constitutional Amendment, which voters approved last fall.