HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Lawmakers are calling for a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries.
The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1.
The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers' concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.
Rep. David Baram, co-chair of the General Law Committee, said he expected legislation next year to implement the study's recommendations.
The Connecticut Library Association testified in February that some e-book publishers engage in unfair business practices with libraries.
The bill must pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to become law.