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SF 2214

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/08/2019 09:13am

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; establishing a pilot program testing inclusive access
for the distribution of postsecondary textbooks; requiring a report; appropriating


Section 1. new text beginINCLUSIVE ACCESS PILOT PROGRAM.
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new text begin The inclusive access pilot program is established to address textbook affordability in
postsecondary institutions and determine the cost savings for both students and the
participating institutions. Inclusive access provides a digital distribution of course material
instead of traditional textbooks. The commissioner of higher education shall provide incentive
funding to Bemidji State University and South Central College for purposes of developing
and utilizing inclusive access for all courses offered at the institution, where available. The
pilot program expires July 1, 2021. The commissioner shall report by December 1, 2021,
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over higher education issues on the cost savings, feasibility, and acceptability of the inclusive
access pilot program.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of higher education for
the pilot program for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019.
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