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          Date of Hearing:  August 3, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          SB 1359  
          (Block) - As Amended August 1, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill, effective January 1, 2018, 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:


          1)Clearly highlight in the online campus course schedule those  
            courses that exclusively used digital course materials, as  
            specified, that are free of charge and that may have a  
            low-cost option for printed versions of those materials.









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          2)Clearly communicate to students the availability of free  
            course materials as identified per (1).


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          CCC. Annual General Fund (Prop 98) costs of up to $100,000 for  
          campuses to identify and disclose in course schedules those  
          classes using free digital materials.


          CSU. Annual General Fund cost of around $100,000.


          UC. Minor and absorbable costs.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the author, by requiring California's  
            postsecondary educational institutions to, "clearly and  
            explicitly highlight by a symbol or logo, any courses that use  
            free digital course material in their online or print course  
            catalogs, California's college students will be equipped with  
            easy-to-find information that assists them in navigating the  
            high cost of textbooks while at the same time create an  
            incentive for the mass adoption of free, open-sourced  
            textbooks and materials."  


            The author contends that this measure is an important step in  
            ensuring college textbooks and materials are affordable to all  
            students.


          2)Related Legislation. AB 1914 (Bonilla), pending in Senate  








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            Appropriations, in part requires the academic senates of  
            campuses of the CSU and the UC to develop policies regarding  
            instructional materials to encourage efforts to reduce  
            redundancy in the delivery of materials, and requires the CSU  
            Trustees and the UC Regents to review the policies of their  
            respective campuses. 


            Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081