SB 719 Requires publishers of instructional materials to provide electronic copies of such materials for specialized uses
Sponsor: Kennedy
LR Number: 3598S.02I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Education
Last Action: 1/10/2008 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee Journal Page: S72
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2008

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Current Bill Summary

SB 719 - Beginning January 1, 2009, this act provides that each publisher or vendor of print instructional materials must make electronic files of the materials available at no cost to schools purchasing the print materials, along with the right to reproduce and distribute such materials in specialized formats, such as Braille, large print, digital audio and electronic text. The publisher or vendor must deliver the electronic files within 30 days of the request by the school.

If a publisher or vendor fails to comply with the provisions of this act, the publisher or vendor shall be liable to the school that purchased the materials in an amount of three times the cost to the purchasing school to obtain materials in the needed specialized formats.

The Missouri Assistive Technology Advisory Council is required to establish a system to track and catalog access and production of accessible format instructional materials in order to increase reutilization of such material.

This act is substantially similar to SB 566 (2007).