Lose a book, pay the price
SB 1248, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, changes current law, which requires students to repay costs for lost or damaged books at a rate of 50 to 75 percent if more than a year old.
"This is where you teach a young person character," Wise told his colleagues in debate.
Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, wanted to know what happens when a child or his parents is unable to pay the textbook costs, which can approach $50. Could people be turned over to a collection agency if they couldn't pay?
Wise said there was nothing within the bill to call in collection agencies and explained a provision that allows for a penalty or in-kind activity in lieu of payment, such as scraping gum off the bottom of desks.
"I will assure you it will help young people gain some respect for the cost of a textbook," Wise said.
The House version, HB813, is headed to a floor vote soon.