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Illinois Congressman Sponsors Court Reporting Bill

congressman-rodney-davisGood news coming from the government when it comes to the shortages in the court reporting world. 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis from Illinois has introduced a bipartisan bill that will reauthorize a grant program that will encourage careers in closed captioning and court reporting. The bill will “reauthorize” the Training for Realtime Writers Act, which was passed and signed into law as part of the Higher Education Act of 2008.

The grant program allows colleges and universities to apply for funding specifically to help encourage more students to pursue a career in court reporting, real-time writing, & closed captioning.

Davis asserted that the reauthorization will continue to help the 48 million people in the United States who are deaf and hard of hearing to receive information. He says the funding will go towards modernizing curriculum at colleges and help develop new captioning-specific software at universities.

The bill has received support from the Illinois Court Reporters Association. It was co-sponsored with Wisconsin Democrat Congressman Ron Kind. HR 5285 was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor yesterday.

This is great news as we have discussed many times on this site how the amount of students showing interest in court rpeorting is seriously waning and causing problems for courts and more.

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