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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          SB 1359 (Block) - Public postsecondary education:  education  
          materials:  textbooks
          
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          |Version: April 12, 2016         |Policy Vote: ED. 9 - 0          |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: May 27, 2016      |Consultant: Jillian Kissee      |
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          Bill  
          Summary:  This bill requires each campus of the California  
          Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University  
          (CSU), and requests each campus of the University of California  
          (UC), to clearly identify in each published schedule of classes,  
          (1) the most accurate retail price information, and (2) the most  
          accurate estimated total costs of required and recommended  
          textbooks and supplemental material for each course, as  
          specified.


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             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                      adopted by the committee on May 27, 2016




          Fiscal  
          Impact:  







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                 Unknown costs, but would likely create a reimbursable  
               state mandate, potentially in the tens of thousands, for  
               community college districts to highlight courses in online  
               course schedules.  Potential additional one-time costs for  
               any district that only uses print schedules to convert to  
               electronic schedules.  (Proposition 98)
                 Costs to CSU potentially around $100,000 annually.   
               Likely minor costs to UC.  (General Fund)


          Author  
          Amendments:  Require CCC and CSU, and request the UC, to instead  
          (1) highlight the courses in the online campus course schedule  
          that use digital course materials, as specified; and (2) clearly  
          communicate to students that some or all course materials used  
          for the highlighted courses are free of charge.  Additional  
          clarifying questions.


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