Diploma mills' business in Kentucky would be cut down under a bill passed by the House Wednesday. Feb 17 , 2005 House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Jon Draud, R-Edgewood, would make forgery of an academic degree a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison. It targets companies that award degrees and furnish transcripts and other documents without requiring coursework... Only about 40 percent of employers do background checks on academic degrees, Westrom [Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington] said. The bill would hold the companies accountable and would not target those who purchase the diplomas. The bill now advances to the Senate for that chamber's consideration.