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H0155................................by JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
SHORTHAND REPORTERS - Amends existing law relating to the Certified
Shorthand Reporters Act to clarify a definition; to revise examination
requirements; to delete language providing for experience qualifications as
established by rule; to increase the maximum reinstatement fee; to provide
for a fee for examination preparation materials; and to revise provisions
applicable to the conduct of examinations.
02/10 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/11 Rpt prt - to Jud
02/22 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/23 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/01 3rd rdg - PASSED - 64-4-2
AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Bastian, Bayer, Bedke, Bell,
Bilbao, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon, Clark, Crow,
Deal, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23),
Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Jones, Kemp,
Lake, LeFavour, Loertscher, Martinez, Mathews, McGeachin, Miller,
Mitchell, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Raybould, Ring,
Ringo, Roberts, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2),
Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie,
Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Mr. Speaker
NAYS -- Barrett, McKague, Moyle, Wood
Absent and excused -- Black, Collins
Floor Sponsor - LeFavour
Title apvd - to Senate
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03/14 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-0, 1 vacancy
AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett,
Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis,
Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst,
Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McGee, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson,
Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- (District 21 seat vacant)
Floor Sponsor - Kelly
Title apvd - to House
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03/15 Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/16 Pres signed
03/17 To Governor
03/21 Governor signed
Session Law Chapter 84
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 155
BY JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS ACT; AMENDING SECTION 54-3102,
3 IDAHO CODE, TO CLARIFY A DEFINITION; AMENDING SECTION 54-3108, IDAHO CODE,
4 TO REVISE EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS, TO DELETE LANGUAGE EXEMPTING CERTAIN
5 APPLICANTS FROM EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES;
6 AMENDING SECTION 54-3109, IDAHO CODE, TO UPDATE REFERENCES AND TO DELETE
7 LANGUAGE PROVIDING FOR EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS AS ESTABLISHED BY RULE;
8 AMENDING SECTION 54-3110, IDAHO CODE, TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM REINSTATE-
9 MENT FEE AND TO PROVIDE FOR A FEE FOR EXAMINATION PREPARATION MATERIALS;
10 AND AMENDING SECTION 54-3111, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PROVISIONS APPLICABLE
11 TO THE CONDUCT OF EXAMINATIONS.
12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
13 SECTION 1. That Section 54-3102, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
14 amended to read as follows:
15 54-3102. DEFINITIONS. Unless otherwise expressly stated, when used in
16 this act the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
17 (a) "Shorthand reporting" means the making of written symbols or abbrevi-
18 ations in shorthand or machine shorthand writing of a verbatim record of any
19 oral court proceedings, deposition, or proceedings before any grand jury, ref-
20 eree, or court commissioner, contemporaneous with the event.
21 (b) "Certified shorthand reporter" or its abbreviation "C.S.R." means any
22 person holding a valid regular or temporary certificate as a shorthand
23 reporter as provided in this act.
24 (c) "Board" means the state certified shorthand reporters board.
25 (d) "Official court reporter" means the official court reporter of a fed-
26 eral district court in the state or the district court reporter of any state
27 district court, but does not include any reporter of the magistrates division
28 of any state district court.
29 (e) "Freelance reporter" means any shorthand reporter engaged in the
30 practice of shorthand reporting as defined in this act who is not an official
31 court reporter.
32 (f) "Available" means physically present at the time and place indicated
33 or that the person could be physically present at the time and place indicated
34 if a specific request was made.
35 SECTION 2. That Section 54-3108, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
36 amended to read as follows:
37 54-3108. QUALIFICATIONS -- CERTIFICATION WITHOUT REQUIRED EXAMINATION --
38 RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATES. (1) Applicants for certification must take and pass
39 the Idaho certified shorthand reporter examination. Alternatively, applicants
40 for certification must provide proof, satisfactory to the board, of having
41 passed one (1) of the following examinations within the two (2) years prior to
1 the date of the application:
2 (a) The registered professional reporter (RPR) examination;
3 (b) The registered merit reporter (RMR) examination;
4 (c) The registered diplomate reporter (RDR) examination; or
5 (d) The certified realtime reporter (CRR) examination.
6 (2) Any applicant who is a citizen of the United States of good moral
7 character, having graduated from an accredited high school or having had an
8 equivalent education, and having passed a reporters' examination as herein
9 provided shall be entitled to receive a certificate as a certified shorthand
10 reporter upon payment of the fees required by this act. All applications shall
11 be in such form as prescribed by the board and filed with the board at least
12 thirty (30) days prior to the announced date of the reporters' examination.
13 The board in its discretion may make such additional investigation and
14 inquiry, or require additional information from the applicant, as it shall
15 deem necessary in determining the qualifications of the applicant. The board
16 shall thereupon notify the applicant as to whether his application to take the
17 reporters' examination is accepted.
18 (b) Any applicant who was an official court reporter within the state of
19 Idaho upon the effective date of this act and any freelance reporter who has
20 been in the active practice of shorthand reporting for at least one (1) year
21 within the state of Idaho immediately preceding the effective date of this act
22 shall not be required to take or pass the reporters' examination but shall be
23 entitled to a regular certified shorthand reporter certificate upon filing a
24 proper application showing that he possesses the other required qualifications
25 and upon paying the fees required by this chapter.
26 ( c3) All regular certified shorthand reporter certificates shall be
27 issued for a period of one (1) year and shall be renewable upon payment of the
28 renewal fee prescribed in section 54-3110, Idaho Code, for an additional
29 period of one (1) year.
30 SECTION 3. That Section 54-3109, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
31 amended to read as follows:
32 54-3109. QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEMPORARY CERTIFICATION -- RENEWAL. (1) A
33 temporary certified shorthand reporter certificate may be issued to an appli-
34 cant who pays the fees required by the provisions of this chapter and who:
35 (a) Is of good moral character; and
36 (b) Has graduated from an accredited high school or has an equivalent
37 education; and
38 ( ci) Is currently licensed in good standing in another state as a
39 certified shorthand reporter, or its equivalent, or has otherwise
40 demonstrated his proficiency by a certificate from an agency of
41 another state ,; or
42 (ii) H has graduated from a national shorthand court reporters asso-
43 ciation (N SCRA) approved school. ; and
44 (d) Meets the experience qualifications that the board may establish by
46 (2) The application shall be upon such form as prescribed by the board
47 and the board may in its discretion make additional investigation and inquiry,
48 or require further information from the applicant, as it shall deem necessary
49 in order to make a determination of the qualifications of the applicant.
50 (3) All temporary certified shorthand reporter certificates shall be
51 issued for a period of one (1) year and may be renewable for a single addi-
52 tional period of one (1) year upon the payment of the fees prescribed in sec-
53 tion 54-3110, Idaho Code, and upon a showing of just cause.
1 SECTION 4. That Section 54-3110, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
2 amended to read as follows:
3 54-3110. FEES. The board shall be entitled to charge and collect the fol-
4 lowing fees:
5 (a) The sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) as an application fee for any tem-
6 porary or regular certificate.
7 (b) The sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) as an examination fee for the
8 administration of the reporters' examination to any applicant.
9 (c) A sum not to exceed seventy-five dollars ($75.00) as a renewal fee
10 for any regular or temporary certificate.
11 (d) A sum not to exceed forty one hundred dollars ($ 40.100) as a rein-
12 statement fee for any application for reinstatement of a temporary or regular
13 certificate which has been revoked or suspended.
14 (e) The failure to renew a certificate annually as provided in this sec-
15 tion and sections 54-3108 and 54-3109, Idaho Code, shall not deprive such per-
16 son of the right of renewal, but the fee to be paid for the renewal of a cer-
17 tificate after the due date shall be increased twenty percent (20%) for each
18 month or fraction of a month that payment of renewal is delayed; provided,
19 however, that the maximum fee for delayed renewal shall not exceed twice the
20 renewal fee for each year delinquent.
21 (f) A sum not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00) as a fee for examination
22 preparation materials.
23 SECTION 5. That Section 54-3111, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
24 amended to read as follows:
25 54-3111. EXAMINATIONS. (a) The board shall hold conduct the Idaho certi-
26 fied shorthand reporter examination at least one (1) reporters' examination
27 during each once every year and may hold such conduct additional examinations.
28 as are necessary. The secretary shall give public notice of the time and place
29 of each examination at least one hundred twenty (120) days in advance of the
30 date set for the examination and any person desiring to take the reporters'
31 examination must file his application with the board at least thirty (30) days
32 prior to the date of the examination.
33 (b) The preparation, administration and grading of the examination shall
34 be governed by rules prescribed by the board, but the board may, in its dis-
35 cretion, engage the national shorthand reporters association to conduct such
36 examination under supervision of the board. Upon determining the results of
37 the examination, the board shall notify each examinee as to whether he passed
38 or failed the examination by written notice mailed to the applicant by certi-
39 fied mail to his address indicated in his application.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill is necessary to update the provisions of the Certified
Shorthand Reporters statutes to accurately reflect current board
policies and procedures.
The proposed increase in reinstatement fee will not result in any
impact to the state general fund. Increase from $40.00 to
$100.00,with a difference of $60.00, will impact approximately five
individuals requiring reinstatement per year at the cost of $100.00
The proposed fee for practice examination materials will not result
in any impact to the state general fund. The estimated impact of
25 individuals at $20.00 per year wanting material is $500.00. The
fee will permit the Board to recoup its expenses in producing and
mailing practice examination materials for those individuals who
Name: Margaret Odedo
Agency: Certified Shorthand Reporters
Phone: (208) 334-2517
Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Note H 155