senate Bill S6608

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to reducing the cost of textbooks for students of institutions of higher education

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 07, 2018 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 14, 2018 advanced to third reading
May 09, 2018 2nd report cal.
May 08, 2018 1st report cal.1115
Jan 03, 2018 referred to higher education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 15, 2017 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1827
Jun 07, 2017 referred to rules

Votes

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May 8, 2018 - Higher Education committee Vote

S6608
17
0
committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Higher Education Committee Vote: May 8, 2018

aye wr (1)

Jun 15, 2017 - Rules committee Vote

S6608
25
0
committee
25
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S6608 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10014
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §725, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S3661, A5914

S6608 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Reduces the cost of textbooks and course materials for students of institutions of higher education by requiring every institution of higher education to adopt policies that allow the use of innovative pricing techniques and payment options for textbooks, supplemental materials, and other course materials or textbooks.

S6608 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6608 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6608

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 7, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HELMING -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to reducing the  cost  of
  textbooks for students of institutions of higher education

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 725 to
read as follows:
  § 725. REDUCTION OF COST OF TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE MATERIALS.  1.  EVERY
INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AS DEFINED IN THIS ARTICLE IS AUTHORIZED
TO  ADOPT  POLICIES  THAT ALLOW THE USE OF INNOVATIVE PRICING TECHNIQUES
AND PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR TEXTBOOKS,  SUPPLEMENTAL  MATERIALS,  AND  OTHER
COURSE MATERIALS OR TEXTBOOKS IN ACCORDANCE WITH 34 CFR 668.164(C)(2).
  2.POLICIES  ADOPTED  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION MAY
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, BULK PRICING ARRANGEMENTS  THAT  ENABLE
STUDENTS TO PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS OR OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT ARE
DELIVERED:  (A) DIGITALLY; (B) THROUGH TECHNOLOGY THAT IS REQUIRED TO BE
USED WITHIN A COURSE; OR (C) IN PRINT FORMAT.
  3. INNOVATIVE PRICING TECHNIQUES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS ADOPTED  PURSUANT
TO THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE AN OPT-OUT PROVISION FOR STUDENTS.
  4.  INNOVATIVE PRICING TECHNIQUES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS ADOPTED PURSUANT
TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ADOPTED ONLY IF THERE  IS  DOCUMENTED  EVIDENCE
THAT  THE  PROPOSED  OPTIONS  WOULD  RESULT  IN  THE  TEXTBOOKS OR OTHER
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS  BEING  MADE  AVAILABLE  TO  STUDENTS  AT  BELOW
COMPETITIVE MARKET RATES.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13078-01-7

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