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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 11:49 AM 

Senate approves bill to give out fewer Blue Books, state maps

There could be fewer Blue Books and free state maps to pass out under legislation that cleared the Senate today.

Now, each member of the Assembly receives 350 Blue Books and each senator 600. The bill would require the Legislative Reference Bureau to ask lawmakers if they want to reduce the number distributed to their office.

It would also eliminate the requirement that the Blue Book be distributed to constitutional officers, legislative service agencies, state agencies, libraries and educational institutions.

The LRB said it paid $320,217 to print 64,500 copies of the latest Blue Book, or $4.96 per book. In addition, the agency paid $36,100 to the Department of Administration for handling, storage and shipping.

The books given to lawmakers account for 54,450 of the total printed.

The bill also would allow lawmakers to reduce the number of free highway maps they receive from the Department of Transportation. They now get 50 laminated highway service maps at $1.33 each and 500 folded maps at 15 cents apiece. DOT says the current costs for the maps is $18,678 for the full Legislature.

The bill also would eliminate the 300 folded maps now sent to the legislative bureau and 1,000 folded maps sent to state officers for a savings of $195, according to DOT.


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