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Concerning open educational resources (Frame, Pollet, Doglio)

Requires the student achievement council to:
(1) Administer the open educational resources grant pilot program for the four-year institutions of higher education; and
(2) Develop an application form for a grant and a process for: Reviewing and selecting grant applicants; awarding grant funding; and the grant awardee to report back to the council on the use of the grant.

Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a study on the cost of textbooks and course materials and the use of open educational resources at four-year institutions of higher education.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL (Higher Education Committee):
The substitute bill allows an OER grant received by an institution to be used to support either, or both, a campus coordinator position or to support faculty to develop or adopt OER, rather than requiring the grant to be used for both.

2ND SUBSTITUTE (Appropriations) COMPARED TO 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Higher Ed):
The Appropriations Committee recommended the addition of a null and void clause, making the bill null and void unless funded in the budget.

HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENT
(1) Adds language requiring faculty to use grant money from the Open Educational Resources Grant Pilot Program to either create new open educational resources or to modify open educational resources they adopt. (2) Prohibits a grant received under the Open Educational Resources Grant Pilot Program from being used to duplicate open educational resources that are already free and publicly available.

SENATE FLOOR AMENDMENT - STRIKER
Adds a sunset clause to the OER grant program. Makes the open educational resources project permanent.

PARTIAL VETO MESSAGE
Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1561 will help expand the use of Open Educational Resources at public higher education institutions. It also intended to make the Open Educational Resources project at the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction permanent. I agree with the intended purpose of the bill to increase access to free educational resources to more students. The final budget provided funding to support some of the goals of this bill, including funding for the Washington Student Achievement Council and Washington State Institute for Public Policy; however, funding to continue the Open Educational Resources project at the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction in fiscal year 2019 was unintentionally omitted from the final budget. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is committed to continuing this project and will request the funding for the 2019 supplemental budget. Section 3 is a funding null and void clause that would impact the entire bill.

For these reasons I have vetoed Section 3 of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 1561. With the exception of Section 3, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 1561 is approved.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1561&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)