Florida Senate - 2019 SB 968 By Senator Simmons 9-01431-19 2019968__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to court reporter registry; creating 3 s. 25.389, F.S.; providing legislative intent; 4 requiring the Supreme Court to create and administer a 5 court reporter registry; requiring the registry to be 6 posted on the Supreme Court website; requiring court 7 reporters to register with the Supreme Court by a 8 specified date; requiring court reporters to update 9 their information within a specified time; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 25.389, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 25.389 Court reporter registry.— 17 (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.— 18 (a) The Legislature recognizes that court reporters manage 19 volumes of confidential information and are the impartial record 20 keepers in court and in deposition proceedings. 21 (b) The Legislature finds that the creation of a court 22 reporter registry will improve consumer protection and provide 23 court reporter accountability, protect confidential information, 24 and provide the ability to locate transcripts and other records 25 if a court reporter moves his or her office or leaves the state. 26 (2) CREATION.—There is created and administered within the 27 Supreme Court a court reporter registry. The Supreme Court must 28 post the registry on its website. 29 (3) REGISTRATION.— 30 (a) By July 1, 2020, each court reporter must register with 31 the Supreme Court his or her name, address, phone number, e-mail 32 address, and method of reporting, such as stenography, voice, or 33 digital, and must list each professional credential the reporter 34 holds with the identity of the professional association that 35 issued the credential, for inclusion in the court reporter 36 registry. The Supreme Court shall add the court reporter’s 37 information in the registry after the court reporter has 38 submitted a completed registration on a form created by the 39 court. 40 (b) Each court reporter must update his or her name, 41 address, phone number, or e-mail address within 30 days after 42 any change to his or her information. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.