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Nationwide Legislation

NCRA's Government Relations Department actively monitors legislation around the country that will impact the court reporting profession. Below is a list of current legislation in being debated nationwide that NCRA is monitoring.

State legislative bills

Mississippi H.B. 1215- This bill allows youth courts to utilize court reporters in detention and shelter hearings and requires a complete record of all evidence to be stenographic reporting, by mechanical or electronic device or by some combination of the two.

Missouri H.B. 597- Legislation has been introduced in Missouri to clarify an existing statute.  Rep. Joe Don McGaugh has introduced the House version, HB 597.  The bill clarifies that the statutory rate of $3.50 (civil) and $2.60(criminal) is for transcripts on appeal only.  It also clarifies that the cost to prepare all other transcripts of testimony or proceedings shall be borne by the party who requests it and shall pay the court reporter. 

Missouri S.B. 169- Legislation has been introduced in Missouri to clarify an existing statute. Senator Bob Dixon has introduced the Senate version, SB 169.  The bill clarifies that the statutory rate of $3.50 (civil) and $2.60(criminal) is for transcripts on appeal only.  It also clarifies that the cost to prepare all other transcripts of testimony or proceedings shall be borne by the party who requests it and shall pay the court reporter. 

Texas H.B. 663- This bill requires shorthand notes to be delivered to the court clerk and states that those notes are the property of the court. This bill also states that the court clerk shall establish transcription fees, and allows the court to require the official court reporter to deliver a copy of the transcript to the clerk at no cost to the court.

Wyoming H.B. 143- This anti-contracting bill establishes prohibited acts that court reporting service providers may not engage in, including establishing rates or terms for services beyond a single case and failing to offer comparable services to all parties.

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