State senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, has officially filed a measured aimed at making post-secondary education in Florida more affordable.
Senate Bill 938 would exempt college textbooks and other instructional material from sales taxes. In order to obtain the tax exemption, students would have to present their student ID number and course syllabus to the textbook vendor.
The bill would also require that public universities list textbooks and other instructional material for at least 90% of courses and course sections to be taught in the upcoming term. This list would be made available to students at least 14 days before the start of class registration, and would have to be featured prominently on both the university website and within the course registration system.
In additional to textbook affordability, the bill also attempts to grant tax exempt status to the purchase of prepaid meal plans and prohibit resident undergraduate, graduate and professional tuition from exceeding a specified amount per credit hour.