California Defeats ER Measure
In the wake of disparaging remarks made by the governor, California court reporters have scored a huge victory. On June 10, the Budget Committee rejected the Legislative Analyst's Office's proposal to replace official court reporters with digital recording and removed the language from the budget proposal.
As is the case in many states, budget concerns have hounded California. Governor Schwarzenegger took to the NPR airwaves on June 8 to voice his distress about the budget and to cite examples of measures that could be taken to reduce the budget shortfall. Included among his ideas was a comment that court reporters could easily be replaced by digital means.
Despite this public belittling of the profession, court reporters in California continued to fight the proposal to replace official court reporters with digital recording and have scored this impressive victory.
NCRA President Karen Yates, CRR, CBC, CCP, praised the court reporters' efforts: "The Board of Directors of NCRA was delighted to learn of the victory by the reporters in California in the battle against the proposal to replace official court reporters with digital audio equipment in the state's courtrooms. Even in the face of a terrible budget crisis, and despite the ill-informed comments of Governor Schwarzenegger, the three associations in California joined together to accomplish their goal. We know that other challenges lie ahead for California's reporters. For now, we offer heartfelt congratulations on this success."