13 Dec 2010

American Samoa legislature to go paperless from next year

7:25 pm on 13 December 2010

The American Samoa Legislature plans to have a paperless system in place next year.

The Fono is using a half a million US dollar grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to achieve this.

Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, a consultant to the Senate President, says the Fono leaders want to emulate the Hawaii legislature where everything is done electronically.

The Fono is building a new information technology centre and will install a network that will connect all lawmakers with the Legislative Reference Bureau which drafts bills.