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Full Text of SB0325  95th General Assembly


Sen. Mattie Hunter

Filed: 3/7/2007





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 325 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Textbook Advisory Committee Act.
6     Section 5. Findings; purpose. The General Assembly finds
7 that the State and its residents would benefit from increased
8 affordability at public institutions of higher education. In
9 pursuit of this common goal, the faculty and administration at
10 all public institutions of higher education must consider the
11 most cost-effective practices in textbook decision-making. The
12 purpose of this Act is to foster the development of
13 institutional textbook adoption policies with the aim of
14 reducing textbook costs to students.
15     Section 10. Definition. In this Act, "public institution



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1 of higher education" means an institution that is included in
2 the definition of "public institutions of higher education"
3 under the Board of Higher Education Act, but does not include a
4 public institution of higher education whose primary method of
5 textbook issuance is through a rental program.
6     Section 15. Textbook advisory committees established. A
7 textbook advisory committee must be established in the office
8 of the provost or chief academic officer of each public
9 institution of higher education. The committee must be
10 comprised of cross-disciplinary teams of faculty and
11 representatives of the administration, representatives of the
12 bookstore or bookstores that provide textbooks, and students.
13     Section 20. Policies. A textbook advisory committee
14 established under this Act shall establish and implement
15 policies to do all of the following:
16         (1) Establish deadlines for faculty to notify a
17     bookstore or bookstores of textbooks selected for the
18     pending semester or other term.
19         (2) Ensure the publication, on the public institution
20     of higher education's Internet website or at other
21     appropriate venues, of the title, author, International
22     Standard Book Number (ISBN), and retail price of new and
23     used textbooks within reasonable expediency after the
24     information becomes available; and ensure the availability



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1     of information regarding how current editions of textbooks
2     differ from previous editions.
3         (3) Prohibit employees of the public institution of
4     higher education and academic departments from demanding
5     or receiving any present or promised gift, payment, loan,
6     subscription, advance deposit of money, services, or other
7     thing of value as an inducement for the selection of any
8     specific textbook or supplemental material for use in an
9     academic course taught at the public institution of higher
10     education. This item (3) does not prevent instructors of
11     the public institution of higher education from receiving
12     any of the following:
13             (A) Sample copies, instructor's copies, or
14         instructional materials.
15             (B) Royalties or other compensation from sales of
16         textbooks or supplemental materials that include the
17         instructor's own writing or written work, as
18         determined by the textbook advisory committee.
19             (C) Training in the use of course materials and
20         learning technologies.
21             (D) Honoraria for academic peer review of course
22         materials.
23         (4) Foster the establishment of textbook reserves,
24     including online electronic collections ("e-reserves"),
25     for student use in campus libraries or academic
26     departments, free of charge.



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1         (5) Encourage buy-back programs to expand the
2     availability of used textbooks and reduce student costs.
3         (6) Provide support for the creation or operation of
4     campus book swaps.
5     The committee may implement other policies as desired to
6 provide textbook cost savings to students.
7     Section 25. Report. Each public institution of higher
8 education shall report annually to the Board of Higher
9 Education or the Illinois Community College Board, as
10 appropriate, on measures undertaken to reduce textbook costs
11 and provide students with cost-saving alternatives. The report
12 shall include a full listing of student costs for a
13 representative sample of textbooks for coursework for
14 first-time, full-time students in a manner prescribed by the
15 Board of Higher Education or the Illinois Community College
16 Board, as appropriate.
17     Section 80. Expiration. This Act is repealed on June 30,
18 2015.".