Kansas advocacy changes mandatory certification for freelancers
On Thursday, March 15, the Kansas Court Reporters Association (KCRA) achieved a major legislative victory as Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2484, legislation requiring a court reporter to be certified to take depositions. KCRA was incredibly active in advocating for the certification language to be placed into law, working with legislators to explain the importance of a certified court reporter in a deposition setting. Over a three-week period, KCRA leadership testified in front of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, arguing in favor of the legislation and stressing why a certified court reporter is the best option for taking the record.
Kansas' mandatory certification language was accidentally stripped out of law in 2010 when the Kansas Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to more closely align with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. By the time that KCRA realized that its certification for freelance reporters was being removed, it was too late for the legislation to be changed that session. Official court reporters were unaffected by that legislation, and they still were (and are) required to be certified.
Throughout the process, NCRA's Government Relations Department provided support to KCRA through information on certified court reporters, reviewing written testimony, and general legislative consulting. NCRA's Government Relations Department stands at the ready to assist all of our affiliates' legislative battles supporting court reporting.
NCRA congratulates the Kansas Court Reporters Association for its incredibly in-depth and multi-faceted legislative campaign. The association effectively used its Boot Camp training to affect positive change for court reporters, and it should be commended for its successful efforts. For more information, please contact NCRA's Government Relations Department.