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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A new bill at the State House could make it easier for schools to take advantage of new technology by allowing districts to buy digital text books.

The billwould allowschool districts to opt out of the state'stextbook rental system.

Senator Robert Hayes, the bill's sponsor, says a budget proviso allowed for the purchase of digital books last year, but that only lasts forone year. He wants to make the change permanent.

"Technology is the wave of the future. That's the way a lot of people are reading books at home and everything else. It's just an option. It doesn't mandate anything, but it gives the school districts another tool they can use," said Hayes, a York County Republican.

Schools would only be able to purchase digital books from sellers approved by the state.