Rep. Jacobsen bill to help reduce the costs of college course materials moves out of committee

The first bill to pass out of the College and Workforce Development Committee this session comes from freshman legislator, Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen.

House Bill 1119 would encourage the use of open source course materials at our four-year colleges, as well as inform students of the prices of textbooks before they register for courses.

“I’m proud to sponsor this bill and I’m excited that it has already moved out of committee,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup, who is the assistant ranking member of the committee. “I know this would go a long way in helping students and their families.

“Simply publicizing which classes have open source or low-cost materials can serve as a catalyst for more instructors to adopt them, which can make a big difference in helping students with limited resources.”

The legislation was introduced during the 2020 session and received bipartisan support. It passed unanimously out of committee and received strong support from four-year colleges.

“Having spent time as a community college teacher, I know firsthand how much this would mean to students,” added Jacobsen. “I taught using open source materials and I’ve seen how this curriculum choice can significantly cut the cost of students’ expenses for course materials.”

The bill now awaits a vote by the full state House of Representatives.

The 2021 legislative session started on Jan. 11 and is scheduled to run for 105 days.

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