Textbook sales at public institutions of higher education. (HB1478)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Textbook sales at public institutions of higher education. Requires the governing boards of public institutions of higher education to implement policies, procedures, and guidelines that encourage efforts to minimize the cost of textbooks for students at colleges and universities while maintaining the quality of education and academic freedom. The guidelines must ensure (i) that faculty textbook adoptions are made with sufficient lead time to university- or contract-managed bookstores so as to confirm availability of the requested materials and, where possible, ensure maximum availability of used textbooks; (ii) that, in the textbook adoption process, the intent to use all items ordered, particularly each individual item sold as part of a bundled package, is affirmatively confirmed by the faculty member before the adoption is finalized. If the faculty member does not intend to use each item in the bundled package, he must notify the bookstore, and the bookstore must order the individualized items when their procurement is cost effective for both institutions and students and such items are made available by the publisher; (iii) that faculty members affirmatively acknowledge the bookstore's quoted retail price of textbooks selected for use in each course; (iv) that faculty be encouraged to limit their use of new edition textbooks when previous editions do not significantly differ in a substantive way as determined by the appropriate faculty member, and (v) that the establishment of policies must include provisions for the availability of required textbooks to students otherwise unable to afford the cost. The measure further provides that no funds for financial aid from university bookstore revenue may be counted in the calculation for state appropriations for student financial aid. Read the Bill »


04/04/2006: signed by governor


01/19/2006Presented and ordered printed 068867444
01/19/2006Referred to Committee on Education
01/25/2006Reported from Education with amendment (17-Y 0-N)
01/26/2006Read first time
01/27/2006Read second time
01/27/2006Committee amendment agreed to
01/27/2006Engrossed by House as amended HB1478E
01/27/2006Printed as engrossed 068867444-E
01/30/2006Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/2006Communicated to Senate
01/31/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2006Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/01/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB1478E)
03/02/2006Reported from Education and Health with substitute (13-Y 2-N)
03/02/2006Committee substitute printed 060322444-S1
03/03/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
03/03/2006VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Read third time
03/06/2006Reading of substitute waived
03/06/2006Committee substitute agreed to 060322444-S1
03/06/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1478S1
03/06/2006Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 2-N)
03/06/2006VOTE: (38-Y 2-N)
03/07/2006Placed on Calendar
03/08/2006Senate substitute agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
03/08/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N)
03/15/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1478ER)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/16/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB1478ER)
03/16/2006Signed by President
04/04/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 561 (effective 7/1/06)
04/12/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0561)