senate Bill S3661

2019-2020 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
Jan 21, 2020 advanced to third reading
Jan 15, 2020 2nd report cal.
Jan 14, 2020 1st report cal.129
Jan 08, 2020 referred to higher education
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 30, 2019 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 20, 2019 advanced to third reading
May 15, 2019 2nd report cal.
May 14, 2019 1st report cal.694
Feb 11, 2019 referred to higher education

Votes

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Jan 14, 2020 - Higher Education committee Vote

S3661
10
0
committee
10
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Higher Education Committee Vote: Jan 14, 2020

excused (1)

May 14, 2019 - Higher Education committee Vote

S3661
11
0
committee
11
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Higher Education Committee Vote: May 14, 2019

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S3661 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5914
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §725, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S6608, A10014

S3661 (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.

S3661 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3661 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3661

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

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.
                                                           LBD04944-01-9

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