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Alabama may spend $100 million on digital books

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would allow the state to spend as much as $100 million to wean its school districts off paper textbooks.

The bill, which passed Thursday with a 19-to-11 vote, would allow the state to seek a $100 million bond to finance the conversion to digital textbooks, according to the Associated Press.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Gerald Dial, argued that the state would recover the cost over time since digital textbooks are less expensive.

The state’s House of Representatives, which has rejected similar legislation in the past, will now take up the bill, according to the AP.

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