sans-serif">House Bill 4070 (as passed by the House)

Sponsor: Representative Doug Spade

House Committee: Higher Education

Senate Committee: Education

Date Completed: 10-15-03


The bill would create the “College and University Electronic Textbook Act” to provide that, upon request, a publisher of a textbook adopted for use at a college or university would have to furnish the college or university with an electronic version of the textbook, if it were for a literary subject. If a textbook were for a nonliterary subject, the publisher would be required to convert the textbook directly to a format compatible with Braille translation software, if the technology were available. A publisher could not charge a price for this electronic version that exceeded the price it charged for the print or electronic media version of the book.

The term “textbook” would include a text published in electronic media that was used for instructional purposes. “College or university” would mean a degree- or certificate-granting public or private college or university, junior college, or community college located in this State.

 - Legislative Analyst: Claire Layman


The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.


 - Fiscal Analyst: Ellen JeffriesS0304\s4070sa

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.