State House News: Illinois legislators explore creation of Open Access to Research Task Force | NIU Today
"SB 1900 (Biss) passed the Senate unanimously and has been assigned to the House Higher Education Committee for consideration. It requires that, by Jan. 1, 2014, each Illinois public university must establish an Open Access to Research Task Force, appointed by the chair and approved by the Board of Trustees of each university. Each task force must be comprised of voting and non-voting members. The voting members include representatives of the university’s library, faculty (and faculty labor organization, if applicable) and university administration; non-voting members include representatives of publishers who publish scholarly journals. The task force is charged with:  considering how the public university can best further the open access goals laid out in this act, whether by creation of an open access policy for the public university, creation of an open access policy for the state, or some other mechanism;  reviewing how peer institutions and the federal government are addressing issues related to open access and ensuring that any institutional or statewide policies are consistent with steps taken by the federal grant-making agencies; and  considering academic, legal, ethical, and fiscal ramifications of and questions regarding an open access policy. The task force must issue a report with findings and recommendations by Jan. 1, 2015, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education must publish a list indicating which public universities have submitted their required reports ..."