Higher educational institutions, public; debt collection, transcripts and degrees. (SB159)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; debt collection; transcripts and degrees. Prohibits public institutions of higher education from (i) refusing to provide a transcript or degree for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt; (ii) conditioning the provision of a transcript or degree for a current or former student on the payment of a debt, other than a fee charged to provide the transcript or degree; (iii) charging a higher fee to a current or former student for obtaining a transcript or degree, or providing less favorable treatment of a transcript or degree request because a current or former student owes a debt; or (iv) using transcript or degree issuance as a tool for debt collection. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102612D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2022Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/24/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB159)
01/27/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Committee substitute printed 22104995D-S1
01/28/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2022Read second time
01/31/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104995D-S1
01/31/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB159S1
02/01/2022Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/28/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2022Reported from Education with amendment(s) (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/01/2022Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
03/08/2022Left in Appropriations

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