Fraudulent academic credentials; misdemeanor to use to obtain employment, promotion, etc. (HB766)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fraudulent academic credentials; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to operate a degree/diploma mill and to issue or manufacture a fraudulent academic credential. Use of a fraudulent academic credential to gain an advantage is a Class 3 misdemeanor. The bill also provides for a civil remedy for damages. Read the Bill »


03/09/2008: Passed the General Assembly


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083317816
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB766)
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Committee substitute printed 080531748-H1
02/05/2008Read first time
02/06/2008Read second time
02/06/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080531748-H1
02/06/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB766H1
02/07/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Communicated to Senate
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/11/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB766H1)
02/19/2008Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/28/2008Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/28/2008Committee substitute printed 084103748-S1
02/29/2008Passed by for the day
03/03/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 084103748-S1
03/04/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB766S1
03/04/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008Placed on Calendar
03/05/2008Senate substitute agreed to by House 084103748-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB766ER)
03/07/2008Signed by Speaker
03/09/2008Signed by President
03/10/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB766ER)
04/11/2008Governor's recommendation received by House