Senate Approves Bill on College Textbooks Written by Faculty

FEBRUARY 1, 2007 - Posted at 6:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Royalties collected on textbooks written by professors at state colleges and universities, and used in their classes, would have to benefit more than just the author under legislation approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 35-0 yesterday to pass the bill by Senator Sue Madison of Fayetteville, a Democrat whose husband is a college math professor.  The measure calls for colleges and universities to set up guidelines on how those royalties can be used, as opposed to solely benefitting the professor.  The bill now heads to the House.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)