Friday, August 4, 2017, the JBCC cast two important votes involving freelance court reporters. In the first vote, the Commissioners voted 5-2 to accept and forward to the Texas Supreme Court the revised Code of Ethics for Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms which was proposed by the Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board; this proposed Code does not contain the 1/3 rule (nor any rule to replace it). The second vote was upon a motion to recommend the elimination of JBCC Enforcement Rule 6.5(a)(8)(m), which passed 4-3. While we do not yet know when the Supreme Court will take action on these matters, TEXDRA will keep our members advised with updates as soon as we learn them.TEXDRA now looks forward to focusing our work on other significant obstacles that affect all freelance reporters in Texas. TEXDRA will lead the effort to reform our rules and protect our work product and our livelihoods with unparalleled dedication, commitment, transparency, and hard work. We are eager to work with our members and the entire freelance community to accomplish these goals. Please spread the word and encourage your friends and colleagues to join TEXDRA.