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SB 215 (BR 1153) - J. Higdon

     AN ACT relating to the licensure of court reporters and making an appropriation therefor.
     Establish and create new sections of KRS Chapter 309, regarding the licensing and regulation of court reporters; define terms; prohibit a person from practicing court reporting unless licensed; clarify that a court reporter is not required for any court proceeding, administrative proceeding, deposition, or any other proceeding, but if a court reporter is retained for the proceeding the court reporter must be licensed; establish the Kentucky Board of Court Reporting and its appointment, member terms of office, and meeting procedures; delineate the duties of the board; require the board to administer and effectuate the purposes of Act and to promulgate administrative regulations; indicate the requirements that any applicant must meet to be licensed; limit the term of the license to two years from the date of issuance; authorize a court reporter to administer oaths to witnesses without being a notary; allow the board to enter into reciprocal agreements for licensure if the board finds that the state, agency, or other entity has the same or more stringent requirements as the board; include requirements that a nonresident must meet to be licensed; require the board to promulgate licensing fees in an administrative regulation; set fees within specified limits; require the board to promulgate by administrative regulation the specific continuing education required for license renewal; establish other renewal procedures; permit any person engaged in court reporting on the effective date of this Act to be licensed for an initial two year period if the person applies and certain requirements are met; permit any member of the Kentucky Court Reporters Association holding the certified court reporter designation on the effective date of this Act to apply and be licensed if certain requirements are met; permit any person engaged in court reporting and who holds the Registered Professional Reporter designation or higher to be licensed if certain requirements are met; allow temporary licensure including a limit on the number of temporary licenses issued; require the board to promulgate administrative regulations establishing an inactive status; enumerate grounds of disciplinary action by the board against a licensee; allow the board to impose a fine not to exceed $1,000 in lieu of or in addition to other penalties imposed by the board; add conditions for reinstatement of a license; authorize the board to conduct administrative hearings in accordance with KRS Chapter 13B; specify the investigation and complaint process; enable the board to seek remedies at law or equity in the Circuit Court of the county in which the licensee resides to restrain or enjoin unauthorized practice; grant right to an appeal of any final order of the board to the Circuit Court of the county in which the licensee resides; establish a Kentucky Board of Court Reporting Fund that shall not lapse for funding the board; include that any amount remaining at the close of the fiscal year not needed to defray expenses incurred by the board shall be transferred to the special account established by KRS 31.185(4) used to offset the costs of providing court reporting services to indigent parties in criminal cases and to assist indigent parties in obtaining transcripts as provided in KRS 31.185; name this Act the "Kentucky Court Reporter Act of 2010"; indicate the necessity for the licensure of court reporters.

     Mar 4-introduced in Senate
     Mar 8-to Judiciary (S)

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