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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Affordability--Textbooks


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

Please cite use of the database as: Education Commission of the States (ECS) State Policy Database, retrieved [date].

State Status/Date Level Summary
NYSigned into law 07/2013Postsec.Printed Instructional Materials for College Students with Disabilities
A.B. 4989
From bill summary: Reauthorizes the current law that requires publishers or manufacturers of printed instructional materials for college students to provide electronic formats of printed instructional material to be available for purchase for students with dis...

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NDAdopted 03/2013Postsec.Open Textbooks
H.C.R. 3009
A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Management to study the use of open textbooks in the North Dakota University System, including options to develop partnerships with other states to use open textbooks.
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/d...

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NDAdopted 03/2013Postsec.Urges Faculty to Increase Use of Open Textbooks
H.C.R. 3013
A concurrent resolution urging the State Board of Higher Education and faculty members of North Dakota University System institutions to increase the use of open textbooks for academic courses in order to reduce the financial burden to higher education student...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.California Open Education Resources Council
S.B. 1052
Similar to S.B. 1053 (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1053_bill_20120905_enrolled.pdf)

From bill summary: Expresses legislative findings and declarations relating to the cost of college and university textbooks. Adds provisions to...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.California Digital Open Source Library
S.B. 1053
Similar to S.B. 1052 (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1052_bill_20120905_enrolled.pdf)

From bill summary: Expresses legislative findings and declarations relating to the cost of college and university textbooks. Adds provisions to...

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CASigned into law 07/2012Postsec.Postsecondary Textbooks
S.B. 1539
Requires a textbook publisher, or an agent or employee of a publisher, to provide prescribed data about the textbook to prospective purchasers, including a list of the products offered for sale by the publisher
germane to the prospective purchaser's subject ar...

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MNSigned into law 05/2012Postsec.Omnibus - Higher Education
S.F. 1573
Requires a public postsecondary institution to grant a waiver from the institution's required student health plan, if requested by a student.

Adds categories of students to the types of students who are not required, under current law, to have a statement of...

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ORSigned into law 03/2012Postsec.Higher Education Textbook Affordability
H.B. 4058
Calls on the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene a work group to examine and recommend adoption of strategies for making textbooks more affordable for students at all post-secondary institutions in the state.

http://www.leg.state.or.us/1...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Measures to Increase College Textbook Affordability
H.B. 33
Defines terms, including "custom textbook" and "textbook bundle". Requires each institution of higher education to compile a course schedule each semester indicating each course offered for the semester, along with a list of the required and recommended textbo...

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UTSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.Tax Exemption for Postsecondary Textbook
S.B. 69
Defines "textbook for a higher education course" to include a textbook in electronic format. Provides a tax exemption for purchase of a textbook for a higher education course. http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/sbillenr/sb0069.pdf...

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PAVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 11/2010P-12
Postsec.
Textbook Affordability
H.B. 101 - Article XX-F
Requires that faculty members consider the least costly practices when assigning textbooks. Requires institutions of higher education to post specific information regarding course materials to the institution's website and provide outlined information to the c...

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MISigned into law 10/2010Postsec.University Policies For Minimizing Textbook and Course Material Costs
S.B. 1157 - Sec. 426
Requires each public university to develop policies for minimizing the cost of textbooks and course materials used at the university while maintaining quality of education and academic freedom; Details what such policies must include and requires each public u...

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CASigned into law 09/2010Postsec.Postsecondary Transfer and Student Textbooks
A.B. 2203
Requires the Trustees of the California State University (CSU), and requests the Regents of the University of California (UC) to review and revise their student transfer policies to ensure that faculty may choose textbooks regardless of the publication date fo...

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NYSigned into law 07/2010Postsec.Instructional Materials for College Students with Disabilities
A.B. 10118
From bill analysis: Extends the expiration date of a provision that requires publishers or manufacturers to provide additional instructional material for college students with disabilities, for an additional 3 years. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fl...

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FLSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.Open-access Textbooks
HB 5201-Sec. 4
Requires faculty to determine, before a textbook is adopted, the extent to which an open-access textbook may exist and be used; requires polices addressing the availability of required textbooks to students otherwise unalbe to afford the cost to consider the e...

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MNSigned into law 05/2010Postsec.
Community College
Monitoring of Federal Postsecondary Textbook Disclosure Law
S.F. 184
Directs OHE to monitor the implementation of federal requirements for disclosure of information to students on textbooks, including pricing and other information and report to the legislature by February 1, 2011. Provides an immediate effective date.
https://...

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CASigned into law 10/2009Postsec.Electronic College Textbooks
S.B. 48
Requires that publishers of textbooks offered for sale at a public or a private postsecondary institution of education make the textbooks available, in whole or in part, to the extent practicable, in an electronic format by January 2020. Requires that electron...

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CASigned into law 10/2009Postsec.Captioned Electronic Instructional Materials
A.B. 386
Relates to existing law which requires publishers and manufacturers of printed instructional material for use at public postsecondary educational institutions to provide the material in an electronic format for use by a disabled student. Requires publishers to...

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TXIssued 09/2009Postsec.Higher Education Cost Efficiencies
E.O. RP73
Directs the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in cooperation with Texas public institutions of higher education, to undertake a comprehensive review of opportunities for achieving cost efficiencies, including:
--State funding based on student course c...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009Postsec.College Textbooks
H.B. 461
Creates the Transparency in College Textbook Publishing Practices Act. Requires each publisher of college textbooks to disclose to a faculty member (or other entity in charge of selecting college textbooks) the copyright dates of previous editions of the textb...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009Postsec.Textbook Purchases
H.B. 1096
Requires each institution of higher education to provide all students with written notification on the availability of required textbooks through university-affiliated bookstores and retailers other than university-affiliated bookstores. http://www.legis.state...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009Postsec.Cost-Savings and Electronic Textbooks
H.B. 4149
Directs the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to identify achievable cost-saving measures at public institutions of higher education. Directs the board to report the results of the study by January 31, 2011 to the governor and lieutenant governor, and ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Open-Source Textbooks
H.B. 2488
Defines open-source textbooks as textbooks downloadable from the Internet at no cost to the student. Requires districts and charter schools to annually certify that, for each subject in the required curriculum and all grade levels, the district provides every ...

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MDSigned into law 04/2009Postsec.
Community College
Textbook Policies
H.B. 85; S.B. 183
Requires public institutions of higher education in the state, excluding overseas programs of the University of Maryland University College, to develop and implement campaigns, processes, practices, and procedures relating to college textbooks and supplemental...

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WASigned into law 04/2009Postsec.Disclosure of Textbooks
H.B. 1025
Requires that information be disclosed to students attending a postsecondary institution concerning required course materials, including titles, authors, editions, and prices, at least four weeks before the start of the class for which the materials are requir...

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