I am posting this for all California CSRs. I hope everyone reading this is a member of CCRA or DRA and is helping to support our newest legislation. There are many working reporters volunteering time to help you. If you'd like to help, contact me!
If your agency is not owned by a CSR, under present California law, the owner cannot be fined or reprimanded by the CSR Board. Did you know that? Only YOU, the licensed reporter, have to follow the CSR laws.
I will note that the OPPONENTS BELOW have their agency names on the letterhead of the letter Carey Sarnoff signed on their behalf asking for a no vote. They've also hired a lobbyist.
In my opinion, the only reason an agency owner would not want this bill to become law and would hire a lobbyist to fight it is because they don't want have to play the game fairly and follow the same laws (including our minimum transcript formats) that a CSR does.
DEPOSITION REPORTERS ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA E-NOTE ON ASSEMBLY BILL 1461 April 24, 2009
AB 1461, authored by Assembly Member Ira Ruskin and cosponsored by DRA and CCRA, is an attempt to close an existing loophole that allows some court reporting entities to circumvent regulations imposed on all California Certified Shorthand Reporters and most California deposition reporting firms, particularly regarding the issue of gift-giving.
On April 21, 2009 this matter was heard in and passed out of the Assembly Business & Profession Committee by a 7 to 3 vote.
Proponents of the bill:
Consumer Attorneys of California
Consumer Federation of California
Court Reporters Board of California
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (Local 21) Service Employees International Union
OPPONENTS of the bill:
Thomson Reuters (LIVENOTE!)
California Deposition Agency Owners & Reporters Association (Veritext, Barkley Court Reporters, Esquire/Paulson Court Reporters, Sarnoff Court Reporters, Golden Gate Court Reporters, US Legal, Merrill Corporation)
DRA and CCRA were very well represented by our respective lobbyists, Ed Howard and Jim Cassie, and we thank them for their efforts.