By Progress Staff

Legislation that could regulate credit card solicitation on college campuses is one step closer to being passed. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved Rep. Susan Westrom’s (D-79th District) credit card solicitation bill last week.The bill will no longer allow credit card companies to entice students to sign up for cards with gifts. House Bill 57 also would require public postseoncdary institutions and encourage nonpublic postsecondary institutions to include credit card and debt education sessions as part of student orientation days, and require companies to register with school officials before soliciting on campus.

The bill now must go before the full Senate for approval. Monday, Westrom told The Progress the bill is currently in the Senate’s consent calendar.

“If a bill passes unanimously in the Senate (committee), it goes to the consent calendar,” Westrom said. “It will not be debated on the chamber floor. Several bills are presented for the vote at the same time … this saves the Senate time since they have to consider so many bills.”

Westrom’s bill unanimously passed the House in February.