MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would crack down on the manufacture and use of phony academic credentials.
An Assembly committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill designed to stop diploma mills, which sell phony academic degrees to students who perform little work.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly manufacture a phony degree or use one to get a job, a bonus or a professional license.
Supporters say diploma mills pop up occasionally in Wisconsin, and the bill would give regulators and law enforcement officials more power to stop them.
They say the bill would also allow employers to more easily fire and press charges against employees who deceive them.
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