Legislation? There’s an App for That
Members of the Dutch Senate won’t strain their backs by carrying stacks of printed documents from work anymore because they are all now expected to work on their Apple iPads.
When members of the Senate returned from the summer recess in fall 2011, they had one week left to work with printed files. After that, they stopped printing documents and wasting paper, and began using a new app especially designed for their iPads.
The Dutch Senate became the first in Europe to distribute documents through a tablet computer in October 2011. “We have had enormous piles of paper couriered to our houses every week, thick envelopes with planning and committee meeting documents, but now from 6 p.m. every Friday you just open the Senate app and find all the documents for the next week,” said Secretary-General of the Senate Geert Jan Hamilton. Reuters