All the senators in the West Virginia Legislature will tote iPads in a move to make them more efficient politicians.
“We’re the first legislative chamber that I’m aware of that’s using the iPad 2 technology to assist their members in tracking bills, following bills, following amendments right here on the floor so we don’t have to shuffle through all the papers that we’ve had to do historically in the past.” said acting senate president Jeff Kessler.
They may be the first — unless you count some senators in Nebraska who have traded in laptops for iPads — and this looks like a way to legitimize the tools lawmakers already find useful.
Politicos around the globe have admitted to using Apple’s “magic device” at work. The Americans say it’s “wonderful” during congressional hearings, Brits experiment and most of the German legislators look like they are at least answering emails and Italian lawmakers appear hard at play with iDevices.
The West Virginia Senate spent a total of about $30,000 to equip its 34 senators with the iPad 2. The tablet computer comes kitted out with an app, the first of its kind they say, to allow senators to access information in a bid to go paperless.
To ensure that the politicos are not all thumbs on the new touch devices, a special orientation session was held.
“We’re confident this is going to work out,” Kessler said.