Tuesday, February 19, 2008


College Textbook Affordability
Act Passes on 2nd Reading

DENVER—Today the full Senate gave initial approval to Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Senator Ron Tupa (D-Boulder), which would help lower the cost of textbooks in Colorado.

The College Textbook Affordability Act will prohibit college professors from ordering textbooks until they know how much the publisher is going to charge for those textbooks. The proposal also requires publishers to disclose changes made to each new edition of their textbooks. The bill will also prohibit publishers from bundling textbooks with additional materials such as CD-ROMs, as they are rarely used by instructors or students but significantly increase the price of textbooks.

Tupa represents Boulder, which has the highest student population in the state. Many of his constituents are already making enormous financial sacrifices to even enroll in colleges and universities.

The bill will next be considered by the full Senate on third and final reading.