OFFICE OF SENATOR JAY PAUL GUMM
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2008
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Committee Okays Bill for E-Filing of Reports, Budget;
Measure Could Save Thousands Annually
A bill that could save taxpayers thousands of dollars
annually passed out of the Senate’s General Government Committee
Senate Bill 1507 by Senator Jay
Paul Gumm, D-Durant, would require the hundreds of reports submitted
by state agencies to legislative leaders be transmitted electronically.
In addition, the measure would require agency budget requests and
the governor’s annual budget to be transmitted electronically
rather than through hard copies in the mail.
“Virtually all these documents are already available electronically,”
Gumm said. “This measure would save paper, save trees and
– most importantly – taxpayers’ money. I would
much rather the dollars we spend on printing be spent to educate
our children or improve our roads.”
Gumm said transitioning from printed copies to electronic online
copies of these documents will save dollars and make state government
more effective and less wasteful. As an example, it cost more than
$5,700 to print the governor’s budget proposal to lawmakers
this year; that would have been saved had hard copies not been printed.
Shifting to paperless documents is a national trend. The White
House recently announced it will not print copies of its 2009 fiscal
budget. Members of Congress and interested parties could access
the document through an Internet link. That way, anyone could review
the budget online.
The move is expected to save federal taxpayers $1 million in reduced
printing costs over the next five years. Gumm said state government
should take this step as well, both as a cost-saving measure and
as a statement of policy.
“We can make state government work smarter and be more effective
for the taxpayers of Oklahoma,” Gumm said. “There is
an opportunity here to save thousands of dollars and use those critical
dollars for a host of important needs; it is truly a win-win for
state government and the Oklahoma families whose tax dollars fund
The measure next will be considered by the full Senate sometime
during the next five weeks.
For more information contact:
Senator Gumm's Office: (405) 521-5586