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Lawmakers Get iPads to Reduce Printing Costs

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- The Ohio House of Representatives has spent nearly $100,000 on iPads -- an investment they claim will save money in the long run.

The House bought 250 iPads for legislators to use at committee hearings. Each iPad cost $374, bringing the grand total to $93,500.

Going digital is expected to save money in terms of reduced paper and ink expenses.

"You more than recoup the costs in the short term," House Chief of Staff Troy Judy said.

Considering items such as the budget bill, which can be over 5,000 pages long, printing costs can add up.

"We've run calculations showing one copy of the budget costs Ohio taxpayers $18," Judy said.

"I believe every organization is going to have to face the question of can they keep justifying the costs associated with printing massive documents when solutions like this exist," Judy said.   

The iPads do come with restrictions. The lawmakers are not allowed to take them home, for example, and gaming or entertainment apps are blocked.
 
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