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Full Text of SB0325  95th General Assembly


Sen. Mattie Hunter

Filed: 3/23/2007





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



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1     Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:
2     "Off-campus college bookstore" means a bookstore that is
3 not operated by or on behalf of the public institution of
4 higher education, but sells or offers to sell textbooks and
5 supplemental materials to students and has a physical presence
6 on or near the institution's campus.
7     "On-campus college bookstore" means a bookstore, whether
8 operated by or on behalf of the public institution of higher
9 education, that sells or offers to sell textbooks and
10 supplemental materials to students of the public institution of
11 higher education and that has a physical presence on or near
12 the institution's campus.
13     "Public institution of higher education" means an
14 institution that is included in the definition of "public
15 institutions of higher education" under the Board of Higher
16 Education Act, but does not include a public institution of
17 higher education whose primary method of textbook issuance is
18 through a rental program.
19     "Publisher" means any publishing house, publishing firm,
20 or publishing company that publishes instructional materials
21 and supplemental materials.
22     Section 15. Textbook advisory committees established. A
23 textbook advisory committee must be established in the office
24 of the provost or chief academic officer of each public
25 institution of higher education. The committee must be



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1 comprised of cross-disciplinary teams of faculty and
2 representatives of the administration, representatives of the
3 on-campus college bookstore and off-campus college bookstore,
4 if any, that provide textbooks, students, and a publisher.
5     Section 20. Policies. A textbook advisory committee
6 established under this Act shall establish and implement
7 policies to do all of the following:
8         (1) Establish deadlines for faculty to notify a
9     bookstore or bookstores of textbooks selected for the
10     pending semester or other term.
11         (2) Ensure the publication, on the public institution
12     of higher education's Internet website or at other
13     appropriate venues, of the title, author, International
14     Standard Book Number (ISBN), and retail price of new and
15     used textbooks within reasonable expediency after the
16     information becomes available. The requirement for
17     disclosure of the International Standard Book Number
18     (ISBN) under this Section is applicable so long as
19     disclosure does not conflict with or impair the contractual
20     rights of a private third party that operates the on-campus
21     college bookstore on behalf of the public institution of
22     higher education.
23         (3) Ensure the availability of information regarding
24     how current editions of textbooks differ from previous
25     editions.



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1         (4) Prohibit employees and departments of the public
2     institution of higher education from demanding or
3     receiving any present or promised gift, payment, loan,
4     subscription, advance deposit of money, services, or other
5     thing of value as an inducement for the selection of any
6     specific textbook or supplemental material for use in an
7     academic course taught at the public institution of higher
8     education. This item (3) does not prevent instructors of
9     the public institution of higher education from receiving
10     any of the following:
11             (A) Sample copies, instructor's copies, or
12         instructional materials that are not to be sold by
13         instructors, staff, on-campus college bookstores, or
14         off-campus college bookstores, if any.
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         (5) 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, so long as all materials



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1     provided adhere to applicable federal copyright laws.
2         (6) Encourage buy-back programs to reduce student
3     costs.
4         (7) Provide support for the creation or operation of
5     campus book swaps.
6     The committee may implement other policies as desired to
7 provide textbook cost savings to students.
8     Section 25. Report. Each public institution of higher
9 education shall report annually to the Board of Higher
10 Education or the Illinois Community College Board, as
11 appropriate, on measures undertaken to reduce textbook costs
12 and provide students with cost-saving alternatives. The report
13 shall include a full listing of student costs for a
14 representative sample of textbooks for coursework for
15 first-time, full-time students in a manner prescribed by the
16 Board of Higher Education or the Illinois Community College
17 Board, as appropriate.
18     Section 80. Expiration. This Act is repealed on June 30,
19 2015.".