Senate Bill 832 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, would require publishers to give faculty members a list of book prices in a given subject and information on significant changes in the new edition and also estimate for how long the book will be on the market. The bill would also require publishers to post the differences on the Internet. Assembly Bill 1458 by Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana, would make publishers summarize the differences between the two editions inside the books and provide wholesale prices on request.
DailyBreeze editorial which agrees with the legislation even though they admit prices could rise which seems to fly in the face of the objective. For anyone familiar with textbook publishing there are a few strange comments in this article.