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Victory for Court Reporters in Georgia Regarding Backup Audio

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2017 Pending Notary Legislative Bills Part I


Below you will find notary legislative bills that are currently pending in your state and that may become law in 2017.  It is of the utmost importance that you follow the progress of these bills through the legislative process so that you can be informed of current notary laws.  Please contact your state legislators, the bills’ sponsors, and the committee members to voice your concerns if you think the pending notary bills in your state will have a negative impact on your office of notary public. Please email us at for more details on how to oppose a bill.


Georgia: HB 120. This bill enacts Revised Georgia Law on Notarial Acts of 2018. Georgia doesn’t entirely replace its notary statutes with this act but reenacts some of its existing statutes. This bill prescribes significant provisions relating to notaries public such as: (a) requiring new applicants and renewing notaries to take a course of study, pass an examination, and provide a criminal background check prior to applying for a notary public commission; (b) requiring notaries to maintain a journal of every notarial act performed; (c) requiring notaries to add to their official seal their commission expiration date and their assigned commission number; and (d) allowing notaries to perform electronic notarial acts provided that they perform these types of notarizations prescribed by law.

2017 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week kicks Off Feb. 11

Court reporters and captioners nationwide to celebrate profession


RESTON, Va., Jan. 25, 2017 — The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, has designated Feb. 11-18 as the 2017 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. The week-long event is designed to celebrate the court reporting and captioning professions and to help raise public awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the career offers.


Court reporters, captioners, CART providers, state court reporter associations, and court reporting schools around the country will participate in the week-long event by hosting an array of activities such as visits to high schools to showcase the profession, open houses, Veterans History Project interviews, media outreach, and more. To help celebrate the week, NCRA has made available a vast collection of resources including informational and marketing materials developed for its Take Note campaign that was launched in response to an industry-wide outlook report that determined a need existed to fill jobs in the field.


Additional resources include tips on presenting the benefits of the profession to potential new students, press release templates, social media-appropriate logos and banners, advertisements, and ideas for hosting special activities. NCRA will also support an official legislative recognition of National Court Reporting & Captioning Week and rely on its social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to reach thousands of people throughout the week.


“The spirit of Court Reporting & Captioning Week reflects the spirit and pride we have as members of this profession. It is never too soon or too late to share that spirit and pride with the members of our communities and to spread the word about the endless opportunities court reporting and captioning offer as a career path,” said NCRA President Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter from Mechanicsburg, Pa. “I’m looking forward to learning about the many ways our members, court reporting schools, and court reporting students, across the nation celebrate our wonderful profession.”


For more information, visit Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that does not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at


Here is a link to a PDF press release from the National Court Reporters Association date November 15, 2016. Click here to view the Press Release