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For information concerning this report or the information contained herein, you may contact California Court Reporters Association, Attn. President Brooke Ryan, by e-mail at [email protected] or Carolyn Dasher, Chair of the Legislative Committee at [email protected] or write to them at 65 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, California 92656, (949) 715-4682.

For the past 108 years, CCRA has been the leading association who continues to sponsor legislation to provide protection for our profession, to support our profession, and to enhance our profession.



6/27/18 The Governor has signed the 2018-2019 California budget
 
The California state budget, contained in Senate Bill 840, was passed by both houses of the legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  The bill contains the following language:

Of the discretionary $75,000,000 appropriated in Schedule (1) of this item for allocation according to a methodology determined by the Judicial Council, it is the intent of the Legislature that $10,000,000 be utilized to increase the level of court reporters in family law cases. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that the $10,000,000 not supplant existing trial court expenditures on court reporters in family law.

CCRA is grateful to Ignacio and Morgan, our lobbyists, and the staff at the Hernandez Strategy Group who have worked on our behalf on this issue and made sure that funding was earmarked for family law court reporters.  We'd like to also thank Michelle Castro at SEIU California for all the hard work she has done to help in this endeavor.  Court reporters contend that all litigants in the family law arena should have a complete and accurate record.  CCRA has fought for nearly 10 years to ensure that court reporters provide the "gold standard" record in these courts.
 
FREELANCE MEMBERS:  CCRA is constantly tracking bills related to our freelance members.  We are tracking AB2664 related to freelancers working in court and we will be visiting more key legislators in support of the CRB's deposition firm registration bill.  We are also busy perfecting language in our CART bill that is moving through its required legislative committees.

CCRA continuously leads our industry through legislative advocacy, educational opportunity, and professional inclusion.  We actively protect and unify the freelance, CART/Captioning, official, and student communities.

CCRA Sponsored or Co-sponsored bills:

AB 2354 (Rubio) co-sponsored by CCRA and the Family Violence Appellate Project, requires court reporters in certain family law matters.  This bill was heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on 3/20/18 and unanimously passed, enjoying bi-partisan support.  We will update you once it is set for the next hearing.

AB 2084 (Kalra), sponsored by the CRB and supported by CCRA, will be heard next week in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.

AB 2757 (Reyes), CCRA sponsored language regarding a transcript rate increase, will be heard towards the end of April.  Please watch for blasts as we will soon start a social media and letter campaign.

AB 2531 (Gallagher), CCRA sponsored language regarding CART Captioners, will be heard towards the end of April.  We are still working out the language, so please stay tuned.

AB 2664 (Holden) is language regarding freelance reporters working in civil courtrooms.  We will be meeting with the Author’s office soon to discuss language.

AB 2641 (Kiley), while mainly focusing on civil motions, does include language raising the official reporting fees under Government Code Section 68086(1) from $30 to $60.  Again, we will meet with the Author’s office soon to discuss language.

AB 1660  (Kalra) Court Reporter Providers  (sponsors: CRB, CCRA, DRA)
Existing law requires, upon court order or, in certain cases, upon request of a party to the action, an official court reporter or reporter pro tempore to take down in shorthand all testimony, objections made, rulings of the court, exceptions taken, arraignments, pleas, sentences, arguments of the attorneys to the jury, and statements and remarks made and oral instructions given by the judge or other judicial officer. Existing law requires shorthand reporters to be licensed and regulated by the Court Reporters Board of California, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law prohibits a person from being appointed to the position of official reporter of any court unless the person has first obtained a license to practice as a certified shorthand reporter from the Court Reporters Board of California. Existing law requires licensees to pay a fee that is deposited into the Court Reporters’ Fund, which is continuously appropriated. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor.
Update 10/15/17.  The following history action was applied: "Vetoed by Governor."

AB 1450, (Obernolte) Court reporters: electronic transcripts. (E-filing)
Existing law requires an official reporter or official reporter pro tempore of the superior court to take down in shorthand specified information regarding the testimony and proceedings before the court in civil cases, felony cases, and misdemeanor or infraction cases on order of the court, and in only civil cases or felony cases, at the request of a party or counsel. Existing law authorizes a court, party, or other person entitled to a transcript to request that it be delivered in computer-readable form, except as specified. 
Update 09/21/17.  The following history action was applied: "Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m."

AB 701, (Gallagher) Access to judicial and nonjudicial proceedings: hearing impaired.
Existing law requires that a participant in any civil or criminal proceeding, court-ordered or court-provided alternative dispute resolution, or administrative hearing of a public agency, who is hearing impaired be provided with a functioning assistive listening system or a computer-aided transcription system, upon his or her request. Existing law requires, if a computer-aided transcription system is requested, sufficient display terminals be provided to allow the hearing impaired individual to read the real-time transcript of the proceeding without difficulty. Existing law requires the Court Reporters Board of California to license and regulate the practice of shorthand reporting, defined to generally mean, among other things, the making of a verbatim record of any oral court proceeding.

Other Court Reporting Bills For Consideration by the Legislature:

AB 1285, (Gibson) Alcoholic Beverage Control Act: administrative hearings: records.
Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, requires a record of any administrative hearing of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and if an appeal is made to the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Board, requires the board to determine the appeal upon the record of the department and upon any briefs authorized to be filed by the parties.
Update 08/25/17: Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

SB 484, (Roth) Deposition reporting services: unlawful business practices.
Existing law authorizes any party to obtain discovery in civil actions by taking the oral deposition of any person, including any party to the action. Existing law requires that a deposition be conducted under the supervision of an officer who is authorized to administer an oath and subjects the deposition officer or entity providing the services of the deposition officer to certain restrictions.

Glossary of common terms for legislation:

Consent Calendar:  A group of noncontroversial bills passed by a committee to another committee or the full Assembly or Senate.  Bills may be placed upon the Consent Calendar if they are reported to the floor with that recommendation and, (1), have received no "no" votes in committee; (2), had no oppostion expressed by any person present at the hearing; (3), are not a tax levy; and, (4), have not had a 30-day in print rule waived.

Sponsor:  The legislator, private individual, or group who developed a piece of legislation and advocates its passage.

Suspense File:  The Appropriations "Suspense" file is where bills with major fiscal impacts are placed and considered right before the deadline for bills to be moved onto the floor of their respective chamber.  However, the way a bill ends up on suspense is very different depending on if they are in the Assembly or Senate.

For other terms you may not be familiar with, click here for a glossary of terms.

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CCRA Legislative Proposal 2017