130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 535  As Introduced
As Introduced

127th General Assembly
Regular Session
2007-2008
H. B. No. 535


Representatives Lundy, Hite 

Cosponsors: Representatives Letson, Fende, Dodd, McGregor, J., Huffman, Webster, Slesnick, Okey, Hagan, R., Peterson, Sears, Adams, Williams, S., Ujvagi, Collier, Brown, Goyal, Yuko, Luckie, Otterman, J., Williams, B. 



A BILL
To enact section 3333.29 of the Revised Code to create the E-Book Higher Education Task Force and to require the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to implement e-book programs at all state institutions of higher education.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 3333.29 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3333.29. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "E-book" means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, optical media, computer courseware, on-line service, electronic medium, or other means of conveying information that is the digital media equivalent of a printed book.
(2) "State institution of higher education" has the same meaning as in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code.
(B)(1) There is hereby created the e-book higher education task force consisting of five members. Within thirty days after the effective date of this section, the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents shall appoint members of the public to the task force. The chancellor shall provide administrative support for the task force.
(2) The task force shall study and make recommendations on implementing e-book programs at state institutions of higher education. By April 1, 2009, the task force shall report its findings to the chancellor, the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the minority leaders of the house of representatives and the senate, the chairpersons and ranking minority members of the standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate that deal with the state budget, and the chairpersons and ranking minority members of the standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate committees that deal with education.
(C) Upon receiving the initial report from the task force, the chancellor shall begin to implement e-book programs at all state institutions of higher education, including negotiating agreements with publishing companies requiring companies to offer electronic versions, in the form of e-books, of printed books the companies sell for use by students of state institutions of higher education. The chancellor shall implement e-book programs at all state institutions of higher education by July 1, 2009.
(D) The task force shall reconvene one year after the e-book programs are implemented to evaluate the programs and report recommendations for possible improvements. The task force shall cease to exist after reporting its recommendations under this division.
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