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  • April 20, 2017 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    Tomorrow, Friday, April 21, is an important meeting in Austin. I want our members to know that TEXDRA will be there, representing our membership, and we will re-urge the adoption of our common-sense ethical proposal for the Texas Code of Professional Conduct "Fees" Section, which our counsel first submitted on May 10, 2016, which you can find under Recommended Reading on the home page. Passions are running very high right now. I am very proud of the way our association members and leadership have conducted themselves through this arduous process, and I want to remind our members that it is to the benefit of all Texas court reporters for us to continue to conduct ourselves with dignity and professionalism and respect for everyone, especially those with whom we disagree.

    Having said that, I think it's important for our members to know that TEXDRA is very concerned that there will be a decision tomorrow that ultimately removes the rule in its entirety because there has been such tremendous discord among Texas reporters on this issue; I addressed this concern specifically in "What is the Deal with the 1/3 Rule" on 9/11/16 (see Recommended Reading on the home page). TEXDRA has tried repeatedly to reach middle ground but has regrettably been unable to do so, and TCRA is not willing to budge on their stance of keeping the 1/3 Rule intact despite instruction from the Advisory Board to the contrary at its April 1, 2016 meeting (also available under Recommended Reading). I want to reassure our members that we are standing firm in our commitment to KEEP THE RULE in our Code of Professional Conduct but AMEND the rule so that it is truly fair to all, prevents the "doomsday one-cent original" scenario, and puts our Texas freelance court reporters and court reporting firms on a parity with our counterparts in the other 49 states. We are committed, we are strong, we are determined, and we will not waver in our promises to our membership.

    Thank you for your attention and for supporting your profession, and we will keep everyone updated. It is an honor to represent you. With sincere gratitude, Susan Perry Miller, TEXDRA President


  • April 19, 2017 10:08 PM | Anonymous
    4.14.17 - TEXDRA PRESENTS:  FUN FACT FRIDAY!!

    Big thanks to TCRA for the Way Back Wednesday history lesson this week.  For FUN FACT FRIDAY, let's also take a trip back in time and reminisce with some fun facts.  Here are some things that didn't even EXIST in 2002:  MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, the Kindle, the iPhone, Hulu, Uber... and in 2002, the minimum wage was $5.15!  

    In other news, it's 2017.  The minimum wage now is $7.25 - up 40.77% from 2002.  The cost of living in the U.S. has risen 35.75% since 2002.  In the freelance reporting world, has your business changed in the last 15 years?  TEXDRA is listening.  Join now!

    Meanwhile... the next Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board meeting is Friday, April 21, at the Tom C. Clark Building, 205 W. 14th Street, First Floor Conference Room, Austin, Texas 78701, at 1:00 p.m.  TEXDRA has proposed an amendment to Section 17, "Fees," of our Code of Professional Conduct; click here to read TEXDRA's proposal. At this next meeting, the Advisory Board will consider the proposed revisions to the COPC that have been presented by the committee tasked with its review, which has taken place over the last year and a half.  The COPC committee has proposed increasing the 1/3 contained in the present rule to 75%.  Continue to watch this website and also our Facebook page for updates.  Happy Easter!


  • March 04, 2017 10:01 PM | Anonymous

    The JBCC Code of Professional Conduct (COPC) Committee held its final meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017, and finished its work on revisions to the Code of Professional Conduct.  Next, the revised Code will be submitted to the Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board (CRCAB) at its next meeting, which is expected to be sometime in March.  The COPC Committee revision to section (e) under "Fees" (commonly called "the 1/3 Rule") presently reads:  “CSRs and CRFs must not charge for a copy at a rate more than 75% of the per-page cost of the original and first copy, exempting charges for realtime services, expedited delivery, rough drafts, and other ancillary services that may apply to a copy but not to the original and first copy of the transcript.”

    TEXDRA's president, vice-president, and two directors attended this meeting and re-urged the adoption of TEXDRA's proposal that a copy cannot cost more than an O+1.  TCRA's president, president-elect and JBCC liaison also attended the meeting and reiterated TCRA's opposition to ANY change to the "1/3 Rule."  The committee then decided to defer any further consideration to the CRCAB.  As soon as we learn the date for the CRCAB meeting in March, we will put in on the calendar and also announce it here.


  • June 26, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The JBCC Code of Professional Conduct (COPC) Committee met on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Austin. During that meeting, a motion was made and passed, with a vote of 3 to 2, to amend the "Fees" language to read: “CSRs and CRFs must not charge for a copy at a rate more than 75% of the per-page cost of the original and first copy, exempting charges for realtime services, expedited delivery, rough drafts, and other ancillary services that may apply to a copy but not to the original and first copy of the transcript.” Please click here to read TEXDRA's proposed language. Continue to watch this website and also our Facebook page for updates. If you're not already a member, please visit our Membership page to join now.

  • May 13, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Since the Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board (CRCAB) meeting on Friday, April 1, 2016, TEXDRA leaders have been working with our legal counsel to craft alternative language for the "Fees" section of the current Code of Professional Conduct. All of the discussion held at the CRCAB meeting was taken into account, along with the actual vote of the board at that meeting. We have now prepared and presented to the JBCC proposed language that we believe thorougly addresses the ethical concerns unique to pricing and fees in the freelance reporting business, while at the same time removing the current artifical market restrictions that so gravely hurt Texas freelancers and consumers. If our suggested language is adopted, the impartiality that is so vital to our role as guardians of the record will be maintained. Please click here to read our submission, and feel free to send your comments or questions by clicking here. With your support, TEXDRA will faithfully continue our efforts to advocate for the business and professional interests of Texas freelance court reporters. Now is the time for positive change. It's time for TEXDRA. If you aren't already a member, please join now!

  • April 05, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On Friday, April 1, 2016, TEXDRA representatives attended a meeting in Austin of the Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board to present information on the Code of Professional Conduct and the One-Third Rule. After hearing presentations from both TEXDRA and TCRA, the Advisory Board, chaired by Judge William C. Sowder, voted 4 to 2 to recommend amendment or elimination of the One-Third Rule from the Code of Professional Conduct. The Advisory Board will next present their recommendation to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. The Advisory Board's recommendation is a very important first step, but there is still much work to be done. With the support of our membership, TEXDRA will continue our efforts to advocate for the business and professional interests of Texas freelance court reporters. It's time for positive change. It's time for TEXDRA - Join Now!

  • December 21, 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The winner of the iPad 4 with Retina display is: TERRILYN PAUL CROWLEY! Congratulations! If you haven't joined TEXDRA yet, please get involved and join us in our efforts to advocate for Texas freelance reporters. Watch this site for news and updates. There are many more exciting developments to come. It's time for TEXDRA - Join Now!

  • December 20, 2015 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Holidays, everyone. TEXDRA has just concluded its first membership drive, which met with great success. The winner of the iPad 4 with Retina display will be announced here and on our Facebook page on Monday, December 21, at 9:00 a.m. If you haven't joined TEXDRA yet, please get involved and join us in our efforts to advocate for Texas freelance reporters. Watch this site for news and updates. There are many more exciting developments to come. It's time for TEXDRA - Join Now!

  • December 05, 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Friday, everyone. Quick recap of today's Code of Professional Conduct review committee meeting - a two-hour meeting of the committee was held and various discussion was had concerning several of the provisions of the Code of Professional Conduct, but time ran out and there was no substantive discussion on TEXDRA's proposed amendment of the "1/3 rule." Please continue to watch this page for news. If you haven't joined TEXDRA yet, please get involved and join us in our efforts to advocate for Texas freelance reporters. If you join by December 15, you'll be entered in a drawing to win an iPad 4 with Retina display. Join Now!


  • October 26, 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Good Monday morning, folks! For anyone who received the TCRA Rush Notes last week, here's Justice Enoch's response to the "perception" by some that TEXDRA wants to set monetary rates by AMENDING (not "rescinding") the 1/3 rule. Please take the time to educate yourselves. Read more here.

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