2013 Legislative Activist of the Year Award conferred to New Hampshire reporters
On Monday, March 4, NCRA’s Government Relations department presented Camille Palladino-Duffy and Michele York the 2013 Legislative Activists of the Year Award on behalf of the New Hampshire Court Reporters Association. Michele and Camille received the award because of their relentless efforts to defeat legislation that would have eliminated the New Hampshire’s Board of Court Reporters.
After the bill’s introduction in 2011, the New Hampshire Court Reporters Association, with the help of Camille and Michele, succeeded in delaying the legislation for a year before finally beating it for good in 2012. With NCRA’s assistance, Camille, Michele, NHCRA Legislative Committee, chaired by Megan Hefler, the NHCRA, and The Board of Court Reporters were able to take the lead in the state ensuring that the bill was defeated through a strong grassroots campaign and direct lobbying of their legislators. New Hampshire has the biggest state legislature in the country and, as a result, often has a lot of turnover in legislators making lobbying efforts particularly difficult in that state. However, their tireless efforts effectively persuaded the state legislature to ensure that the New Hampshire Board of Court Reporters was preserved. For their efforts, NCRA is pleased to award Camille and Michele the 2013 Legislative Activists of the Year Award on behalf of NHCRA.
This Legislative Activist of the Year award was first presented in 2003 at NCRA’s Legislative Boot Camp in order to recognize the extraordinary achievements of those who have supported the court reporting profession through advocacy in their state legislatures during the previous year.