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Substitute Senate Bill No. 461

Special Act No. 04-3

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT TEXTBOOK PURCHASING POLICIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2004) (a) The Commissioner of Higher Education, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees for Community-Technical Colleges, the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System, the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, shall examine ways to maximize the combined purchasing power of the constituent units of the state system of higher education and independent institutions of higher education in order to ensure that textbooks are priced and sold at a reasonable cost to students enrolled at public and independent institutions of higher education. Such examination shall include, but not be limited to, ways the constituent units of the state system of higher education and independent institutions of higher education may (1) provide faculty members with information about the cost of textbooks prior to the faculty members' selection of textbooks for their courses; (2) encourage stores that sell textbooks to students enrolled at public and independent institutions of higher education to sell such textbooks separately from other products recommended by the publishers; (3) utilize on-line, used or older edition textbooks without sacrificing educational content; and (4) inform students about purchasing textbooks from alternative sources at a reduced cost.

(b) Not later than January 1, 2005, the Commissioner of Higher Education shall submit a report on the commissioner's findings, together with any recommendations for appropriate legislation, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and employment advancement, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

Approved May 4, 2004