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H.B. 343





Chief Sponsor: Jacob L. Anderegg

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill places restrictions on the purchasing of textbooks.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    beginning July 1, 2013, prohibits a school, school district, or charter school from
             13      purchasing a paper textbook unless approved by the State Board of Education.
             14      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          53A-12-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 299
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 53A-12-204 is amended to read:
             24           53A-12-204. Paper textbooks prohibited -- Purchase of textbooks by school
             25      districts or charter schools -- Sales to pupils -- Free textbooks -- Textbooks provided to
             26      teachers -- Payment of costs -- Rental of textbooks.
             27          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), beginning July 1, 2013, a school, school

             28      district, or charter school may not purchase a paper textbook, unless approved by the State
             29      Board of Education.
             30          (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to an existing contract to purchase textbooks in place
             31      on July 1, 2013.
             32          [(1)] (3) A [local school board] school district or charter school, under rules adopted by
             33      the State Board of Education, may purchase textbooks for use in the public schools directly
             34      from the publisher at prices and terms approved by the state board and may sell those [books]
             35      textbooks to pupils in grades [nine] 9 through 12 at a cost not to exceed the actual cost of the
             36      [book] textbook plus costs of transportation and handling.
             37          [(2)] (4) [Each local school board, however,] A school district or charter school shall
             38      provide, free of charge, textbooks and workbooks required for courses of instruction for each
             39      child attending public schools whose parent or guardian is financially unable to purchase them.
             40          [(3)] (5) Children who are receiving cash assistance under Title 35A, Chapter 3, Part 3,
             41      Family Employment Program, supplemental security income, or who are in the custody of the
             42      Division of Child and Family Services within the Department of Human Services are eligible
             43      for free textbooks and workbooks under this section.
             44          [(4)] (6) [The local school board] A school district or charter school shall [also]
             45      purchase all books necessary for teachers to conduct their classes.
             46          [(5)] (7) The cost of furnishing textbooks and workbooks may be paid from school
             47      operating funds, the textbook fund, or from other available funds.
             48          [(6) Books] (8) Textbooks provided to teachers and pupils without charge or at less
             49      than full cost [are] shall be paid for out of funds of the school district or charter school and
             50      remain the property of the school district or charter school.
             51          [(7)] (9) In school districts or charter schools that require pupils to rent [books]
             52      textbooks instead of purchasing them or providing them free of charge, the [local school board]
             53      school district or charter school shall waive rental fees for a child whose parent or guardian is
             54      financially unable to pay the rental fee. The children considered eligible under Subsection [(3)]
             55      (5) are also eligible for the purposes of this Subsection [(7)] (9).

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-19-13 11:41 AM

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