University of Missouri

47-45: A Resolution to Support the Textbook Transparency Act (HB 2048) as Placed on the Missouri Senate 3rd Reading Consent Calendar

WHEREAS, On October 31, 2007, MSA Senate passed Bill 47-08, A Resolution for Textbook Publishers to Disclose Wholesale Prices and Revision History to the Faculty of all Missouri Higher Education Institutions, and

WHEREAS, On February 7, 2008, State Representative Jake Zimmerman proposed House Bill 2048 (the “Textbook Transparency Act”) with bipartisan support from more than 40 co-sponsors, including Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley and Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota, and

WHEREAS, On March 12 the Committee on Higher Education passed House Bill 2048 by a vote of 8 to 0 and referred the bill to the Rules Committee, and

WHEREAS, The text of House Bill 2048 as passed by the House Higher Education Committee on March 12 required “the suggested retail price, the estimated wholesale price, or the price at which the publisher makes the products available to the public” to be available “upon request,” and

WHEREAS, On March 17 MSA Senate passed Bill 47-30, expressing support for House Bill 2048 while stating, “Be it further resolved that the ‘estimated wholesale price’ or ‘price at which the publisher makes the products available to the public’ is preferred over the ‘suggested retail price’ to provide adoptees with the textbook prices set by the publishers,” and

WHEREAS, On March 25 the House Rules Committee passed House Bill 2048 by consent, and

WHEREAS, On April 1 House Bill 2048 was designated Perfected by Consent, and

WHEREAS, On April 2 House Bill 2048 passed by a vote of 150-0 and reported to the Missouri Senate, and

WHEREAS, On April 7 House Bill 2048 was referred to the Senate Education Committee, and

WHEREAS, On April 9 the Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 2048 and immediately passed a substitute in Executive Session, and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill replaces “The suggested retail price, the estimated wholesale price, or the price at which the publisher makes the products available to the public” with “The price at which the publisher would make the products available to the campus bookstore,” and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill further notes, “To the extent practicable, an approved institution of higher education shall encourage faculty members or adopters to place their initial orders for college textbooks with sufficient time for the campus bookstore to factor such information into student buyback, research the availability of the course material, and exchange, when appropriate, relevant information with faculty to support effective use of course materials such as bundles and to promote cost efficiencies for students,” and

WHEREAS, The substitute bill is currently on the Missouri Senate 3rd Reading Consent Calendar.

THEREFORE, Be it resolved that the Missouri Students Association Senate strongly supports the text of House Bill 2048 as placed on the Missouri Senate 3rd Read Consent Calendar on April 10, 2008, and

THEREFORE, Be it further resolved that MSA Senate expresses its gratitude to Missouri Representative Jake Zimmerman for advocating the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 2048.

Respectfully submitted,

Jonathan Mays        Craig Stevenson
MSA Senate Speaker        ASUM Legislative Director