OFFICE OF SENATOR JAY PAUL GUMM
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties
For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2008
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Senate Passes Measure for E-Filing of Reports,
Measure Could Save Taxpayers Thousands of Dollars
A bill that could potentially save the state thousands of dollars
in printing and postage costs annually passed by a 44-1 vote today
in the Oklahoma State Senate.
Authored by Senator Jay
Paul Gumm, Senate Bill 1507 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.
“Today, we made a responsible, bipartisan statement to make
government work smarter for Oklahoma taxpayers,” Gumm said.
Gumm said the transition from printed copies to electronic online
copies of voluminous documents represents a philosophical shift
in state government, making it more effective and less wasteful.
“This is a smart way to move forward into a new era of efficiency
and productivity. This idea will save money, save our natural resources,
and make state government more modern,” said Gumm, a Democrat
“These types of state documents – budgets and annual
reports -- are already available electronically. This measure is
environmentally sound and more importantly, financially prudent.
The dollars we spend on printing could be invested in education
or other infrastructure needs in Oklahoma.”
As an example, he said it cost more than $5,700 to print the governor’s
budget proposal to lawmakers this year; that much would have been
saved had the budget been submitted electronically rather than with
printed and bound copies.”
Shifting to paperless documents is a national trend. The White
House did not print copies of the 2009 fiscal budget and interested
parties could access the document through an online link. Anyone
could review the budget electronically. The move is expected to
save federal taxpayers $1 million in reduced printing costs over
the next five years.
For more information contact:
Senator Gumm's Office: (405) 521-5586