By Jamie Vinson/Editor

Two bills filed by state legislators that could have significantly regulated credit card solicitations on college campuses did not receive final approval from the state legislature. Bills filed by State Rep. Susan Westrom (D-79th District) and House Speaker Jody Richards passed the House and their assigned Senate committees, and only needed full approval from the Senate before being signed into legislation.

“Like many other bills that passed to the Consent Calendar in the Senate, their leadership chose not to bring them out on the Senate floor for a vote,” Westrom said. “… I am sorry to say our college campuses will remain a site for predators that do not have concern for our students that our leaders should have.”

Westrom said plans to address the issue again in the 2004 session.

Westrom’s bill would have “prohibited the offering of a gift in exchange for a student credit application; required public postsecondary education institutions and encourage nonpublic postsecondary institutions to include credit card debt education sessions as part of new student orientation,” among other things.

Richards’ College Campus Credit Card Solicitation Act would have required a credit card issuer to register with an official at the university before doing any solicitation on campus. The bill also would have “required an application for a credit card to have the consent of a parent in writing; prohibited the credit card company from taking any legal action against the parent to collect the student credit card debt, and the credit card issuer must have verified the student’s age and identity,” among other things.