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SB-386 Postsecondary education: textbooks.(2009-2010)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 66406.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) As the costs of tuition and fees at institutions of higher education are expected to rise, students need relief from the costs of higher education.
(2) Making it easier for students to use older editions of textbooks will allow students to offset increased costs of tuition and fees at institutions of higher education.
(b) (1) A faculty member at the California Community Colleges or the California State University who adopts a new edition of a textbook, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66406.7, within three years after the adoption of a previous edition of that textbook, shall prepare a justification for the adoption of the new edition of the textbook that includes all of the following:
(A) A justification for adopting the new edition of the textbook within the three-year period.
(B) A comparison of the differences between the new edition of the textbook and previous editions of the textbook.
(C) A disclosure of any financial interest of the faculty member related to requiring students to purchase the new edition of the textbook.
(2) The faculty member shall submit, in writing, copies of the justification described in paragraph (1) to the institution’s academic senate, administration, and student government. The faculty member shall make copies of the justification available to students.
(c) The Regents of the University of California are requested to adopt regulations for the implementation of subdivision (b) by the University of California.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2016, deletes or extends that date.