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HF 2213

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/13/2012 11:53am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; requiring disclosure of certain course material and
course information; establishing a MnSCU textbook task force; requiring reports;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 135A.25, subdivision 5; 136F.58,
subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 135A.25, subdivision 5, is amended to
read:


Subd. 5.

Bookstores; course materials.

The University of Minnesota and private
colleges are encouraged to comply with the requirements deleted text beginfor instructors and bookstoresdeleted text end
under section 136F.58, deleted text beginsubdivisiondeleted text endnew text begin subdivisionsnew text end 2new text begin, 2a, and 3new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 136F.58, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Course schedule and material list. new text end

new text begin (a) Each state college and university
shall compile a course schedule indicating each course offered by the state college or
university for each term and shall include with the course schedule a list of the required
and recommended course materials that specifies, to the extent practicable, the information
required in subdivision 3, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) At the time required by subdivision 3, paragraph (b), a state college or university
shall publish course schedules and course material lists in hard copy format and on the
state college's or university's Web site.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 136F.58, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Notice to purchase.

(a) An instructor new text beginor department new text endshall deleted text beginmake reasonable
efforts to
deleted text end notify a bookstore of the final order for required and recommended course
material at least deleted text begin30deleted text end new text begin 45 new text enddays prior to the commencement of the term.

(b) The bookstore must make reasonable efforts to notify students of the following
information concerning the required and recommended course material at least deleted text begin15deleted text end new text begin 30 new text enddays
prior to the commencement of the term for which the course material is required including,
but not limited to:

(1) the title, edition, author, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) of
the course material;

(2) the new text beginretail new text endprice for the course materialnew text begin, including custom textbooksnew text end;

(3) deleted text beginwhether the required course material is bundled with optional material, whether
it can be unbundled, and the price for each bundled and unbundled component
deleted text endnew text begin the name of
the publisher of the course material
new text end; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) whether the material is available in an alternative format and the cost for the
alternatively formatted materialdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) the most recent copyright date of the course material and the copyright date of
the three previous editions of the course material, if any.
new text end

new text begin (c) For purposes of this subdivision, "custom textbooks" means course materials
that are compiled by a publisher at the direction of a faculty member or, if applicable,
the other adopting entity in charge of selecting course materials for courses taught at a
state college or university. Custom textbooks may include items such as selections from
original instructor materials, previously copyrighted publisher materials, copyrighted
third-party works, or elements unique to a specific state college or university.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginMINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TEXTBOOK
TASK FORCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The board of trustees shall establish a task force
to study methods that result in lower textbook costs for students. The task force must
examine and evaluate the effectiveness of existing state and federal textbook legislation
that increases the amount of information on textbooks provided to faculty, bookstores,
and students and limits bundling of textbooks and course materials, including how this
legislation has impacted textbook costs for students. The task force must also explore
alternative textbook delivery methods, including a cross-campus shared delivery system
for textbooks, the expansion of electronic text books with an assessment of effective
methods for delivering e-books to students, and other technology-based, innovative, or
best practices methods to bring real cost-savings to students.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Members. new text end

new text begin The members of the textbook task force include the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) the chancellor or designee;
new text end

new text begin (2) one member of the board of trustees;
new text end

new text begin (3) one member of the Inter-Faculty Organization;
new text end

new text begin (4) one member of the Minnesota State College Faculty;
new text end

new text begin (5) one member of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees;
new text end

new text begin (6) one member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal
Employees;
new text end

new text begin (7) one member of the Minnesota State University Administrative and Service
Faculty;
new text end

new text begin (8) one member of the Minnesota State University Student Association;
new text end

new text begin (9) one member of the Minnesota State College Student Association;
new text end

new text begin (10) one member representing campus bookstore staff; and
new text end

new text begin (11) one member representing the Leadership Council.
new text end

new text begin The members must select two cochairs. One of the cochairs must be a student.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Report and recommendations. new text end

new text begin The task force must report its findings
and recommendations to the board. By January 15, 2013, the board must report to the
legislature on the work of the task force, including any recommendations for legislation.
new text end