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DO 16 - Leg. Berland – PR

Posted on: July 21, 2021

QR Code Bill Approved by the Legislature Seeks to Make Information More Accessible to the Public

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HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK – At the recent General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, a bill sponsored by Majority Leader Susan A. Berland (D-Dix Hills) directing the Department of Information Technology to develop QR codes for all County departments was unanimously approved. Introductory Resolution 1427-2021 aims to make it faster and easier for constituents to access information about county services and programing on the Suffolk County website by providing QR codes that can quickly bring them to the information they need.

“I was happy to introduce this legislation as a way to make information more accessible for Suffolk County residents. As technology changes, government should adapt with it and embrace new and innovative ways to connect our constituents with the services and resources available to them,” said Legislator Susan A. Berland. “Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw QR codes become helpful as a touch-less way to relay information in many different industries, including at the county level. I hope this new policy will encourage departments to use QR codes more readily when advertising upcoming county programs or services in the future.”

QR or “quick response” codes are two-dimensional bar codes that can be utilized to provide information to individuals who scan the code on a smart phone or other devices. In recent years, QR codes have become increasingly popular as a way to provide members of the public with easy access to websites, cell phone applications and information relevant to their needs with just one click. 

The Department of Information Technology will consult with each Suffolk County department to develop the department’s general QR code and determine if additional QR codes tailored for specific services are needed. The QR codes can then be used on signage and printed materials to link the public directly to relevant information.

“The Department of Information Technology is excited to work with our county departments to implement technology that brings a safe and easy way for residents to access critical information from our website,” stated Commissioner Scott Mastellon. “I applaud Legislator Berland for her efforts in introducing this legislation.”

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