Electronic textbooks; prohibits local school boards from requiring use in any course in grades 6-12. (SB785)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Access to electronic textbooks and adequate connectivity. Prohibits local school boards from requiring the use of any electronic textbook in any course in grades six through 12 unless the school board adopts a plan to ensure that on or before July 1, 2020, (i) each student enrolled in such course will have actual access at school and, if any assignment requires the use of such electronic textbook outside of school hours, in his residence to at least one personal computing device not shared with another student that contains an operating system and the hardware necessary to support the format of each electronic textbook expected to be used in such course and (ii) the relevant school has adequate connectivity, which the bill defines as bandwidth of at least one megabit per second per enrolled student. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Presented and ordered printed 18103352D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB785)
02/01/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18106300D-S1
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB785S1)
02/05/2018Read second time
02/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106300D-S1
02/05/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB785S1
02/06/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Education
02/20/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (8-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018Reported from Education with amendment (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/01/2018Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
03/02/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations