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A05899 Summary:

BILL NOA05899
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORLupinacci
 
COSPNSRCrouch, Skoufis, Barron, Raia, McDonough, Oaks, Pichardo, Rozic
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 725, Ed L
 
Authorizes the regents to create a task force to review the issue of textbook cost and ways to enhance the academic role and delivery of course materials through greater collaboration between faculty, publishers, college bookstores and libraries.
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A05899 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5899
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 17, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  LUPINACCI  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the  education  law,  in  relation  to  authorizing  the
          regents  of  the  university of the state of New York to create a task
          force to review the issues of textbooks' cost and ways to enhance  the
          academic  role  and  delivery  of  course  materials, ensuring student
          affordability through such approaches as used books, textbook rentals,
          custom materials, the use of open access textbooks, digital textbooks,
          print  on  demand  technologies,  and  through  greater  collaboration
          between faculty, publishers, college bookstores and libraries
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 725 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 725. Formation of task force. 1.  The regents of the  university  of
     4  the  state of New York are hereby authorized and directed to immediately
     5  take all actions to create a task force to review the  issues  of  text-
     6  books'  cost  and delivery methods. The task force will consist of thir-
     7  teen representatives who shall be selected among faculty  and  represen-
     8  tatives  from  the  state university of New York, city university of New
     9  York, private colleges within New York  state,  and  campus  bookstores.
    10  Appointments  to the task force shall be made by the commissioner of the
    11  New York state education department after consultation  with  the  state
    12  university  of  New  York, city university of New York, private colleges
    13  and campus bookstores within New York state. Representatives serving  on
    14  the  task force from the colleges shall include professional staff know-
    15  ledgeable about textbook initiatives  currently  being  pursued  by  the
    16  university and faculty members. The goals of the representatives will be
    17  to  advise  on  and  explore issues of course material costs and ways to
    18  enhance the academic role and services of  college  bookstores  to  help
    19  make  course  materials  more affordable through such approaches as used
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02990-01-7

        A. 5899                             2
 
     1  books, textbook rentals, custom materials, the use of open access  text-
     2  books,  digital  textbooks,  print  on  demand technologies, and through
     3  greater collaboration between college bookstores and libraries.
     4    2. The task force shall report not later than January first, two thou-
     5  sand  eighteen  to the board, the governor and the legislature, on their
     6  recommendations on enhancing access to textbooks  and  their  costs  and
     7  method of delivery, which shall include, but not be limited to:
     8    a.  Supporting  efficient  used book, buyback and student peer to peer
     9  sales;
    10    b. Ways to expand and enhance textbook rental programs;
    11    c. Ways to promote the greater development, adoption, deployment,  and
    12  use  of  open  access  textbooks  in  both digital and print formats for
    13  students and faculty in fiscally sustainable ways;
    14    d. How to increase the availability and use of digital  textbooks  and
    15  learning objects for faculty and students;
    16    e.  How  the  use  of advance print on demand technologies can provide
    17  students more choices and lower the cost of course materials;
    18    f. Ways in which the cost of commercial digital content could be  made
    19  more affordable;
    20    g.  How  collaboration between textbook publishers, college bookstores
    21  and libraries can increase content choices for faculty and enhance  cost
    22  savings  for  students, while improving efficiencies and reducing dupli-
    23  cation at libraries and bookstores through the review of primary  source
    24  content  collections,  subscriptions,  course  packages, e-reserves, and
    25  copyright;
    26    h. What guidelines should exist, if any, for faculty who may  wish  to
    27  explore  alternatives  to  traditional textbooks through the use of open
    28  access, print on demand, digital, and other content and formats;
    29    i. Other approaches to  make  course  materials  more  affordable  for
    30  students; and
    31    j.  An  evaluation  of  each recommendation as it relates to the legal
    32  mandate of providing full and equal access to  students  with  disabili-
    33  ties.
    34    3.  The  trustees  shall make available to the advisory committee such
    35  information and assistance as may be necessary to  enable  the  advisory
    36  committee to carry out its functions.
    37    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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