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DIVISION 3. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS GENERALLY [5000 - 9998.11]

  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 13. Shorthand Reporters [8000 - 8047]

  ( Chapter 13 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 191. )

ARTICLE 3. Application, Examination, and Certificate; Requirement and Contents [8020 - 8027.5]
  ( Heading of Article 3 amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1327, Sec. 4. )

8020.
  

Any person over the age of 18 years, who has not committed any acts or crimes constituting grounds for the denial of licensure under Sections 480, 8025, and 8025.1, who has a high school education or its equivalent as determined by the board, and who has satisfactorily passed an examination under any regulations that the board may prescribe, shall be entitled to a certificate and shall be styled and known as a certified shorthand reporter. No person shall be admitted to the examination without first presenting satisfactory evidence to the board that the applicant has obtained one of the following:

(a) One year of experience in making verbatim records of depositions, arbitrations, hearings, or judicial or related proceedings by means of written symbols or abbreviations in shorthand or machine shorthand writing and transcribing these records.

(b) A verified certificate of satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study in a recognized court reporting school or a certificate from the school that evidences an equivalent proficiency and the ability to make a verbatim record of material dictated in accordance with regulations adopted by the board contained in Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(c) A certificate from the National Court Reporters Association demonstrating proficiency in machine shorthand reporting.

(d) A passing grade on the California state hearing reporters examination.

(e) A valid certified shorthand reporters certificate or license to practice shorthand reporting issued by a state other than California whose requirements and licensing examination are substantially the same as those in California.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 616, Sec. 3) by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1079, Sec. 14. Effective September 29, 2002.)

8021.
  

Examinations shall be held at least semiannually, and at such times and places as the board may designate.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 191.)

8022.
  

(a) Each applicant for a certificate under this chapter shall file an application with the executive officer, on a form as prescribed by the board. The last date to file an application shall be a set number of days as established by the board’s regulations. The application shall be accompanied by the required fee. For purposes of determining the date upon which an application is deemed filed with the executive officer, the date of postmark as affixed by the United States Postal Service, or the date certified by a bona fide private courier service on the envelope containing the application shall control.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the board’s authority to seek from any applicant any other information pertinent to the background, education, and experience of the applicant that may be deemed necessary in order to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications and fitness for licensure.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1079, Sec. 16. Effective September 29, 2002.)

8023.
  

No certificate shall be issued until the applicant has passed the examination prescribed by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 665.)

8023.5.
  

If an applicant for a certificate is from a country where the principal language spoken is one other than English, the board may, in addition to any other examination required by this chapter, examine the applicant on his or her knowledge of the English language.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 1097, Sec. 5.)

8024.
  

All certificates issued under this chapter shall be valid for a period of one year, except for the initial period of licensure as prescribed by the board, and shall expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the month of birth of the licensee unless renewed.

To renew an unexpired certificate, the certificate holder shall, on or before each of the dates on which it would otherwise expire, do all of the following:

(a) Apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the board.

(b) Pay the renewal fee prescribed by this chapter.

(c) Notify the board whether he or she has been convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor if the misdemeanor is substantially related to the functions and duties of a court reporter and whether any disciplinary action by any regulatory or licensing board in this or any other state was taken against the licensee subsequent to the licensee’s last renewal.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 616, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2002.)

8024.1.
  

Every person to whom a certificate is issued shall, as a condition precedent to its issuance, and in addition to any other fee which may be payable, pay the initial certificate fee prescribed by this chapter. Prior to receipt of an initial certificate fee, the board may issue an interim permit of a limited duration, but only to candidates eligible for certification under Section 8020. A limited permit shall be valid for 45 days, or until the board issues a certificate to the limited permitholder. If the board issues interim permits, the initial certificate fee, and any other fee that may be payable, shall be paid prior to the issuance of the certificate.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 865, Sec. 29. Effective January 1, 2005.)

8024.2.
  

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this article, a certificate that has expired may be renewed at any time within the period set forth in Section 8024.5 by doing all of the following:

(1) Applying for renewal on a form prescribed by the board.

(2) Paying the renewal fee prescribed by this chapter.

(3) Notifying the board whether the licensee has been convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor if the misdemeanor is substantially related to the functions and duties of a court reporter and whether any disciplinary action was taken against the licensee by any regulatory or licensing board in this or any other state, subsequent to the licensee’s last renewal.

(b) If the certificate is not renewed within 30 days after its expiration, the certificate holder, as a condition precedent to renewal, shall also pay the delinquency fee set forth in Section 163.5. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the renewal fee is paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever last occurs. If so renewed, the certificate shall continue in effect through the date provided in Section 8024 which next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire if it is not again renewed.

The certificate shall not be renewed if the certificate holder has failed to pay monetary sanctions identified in subdivision (g) of Section 8025.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 616, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2002.)

8024.3.
  

A suspended certificate is subject to expiration and shall be renewed as provided in this article, but such renewal does not entitle the holder of the certificate, while it remains suspended and until it is reinstated, to engage in the activity to which the certificate relates, or in any other activity or conduct in violation of the order or judgment by which it was suspended.

The certificate shall not be renewed if the certificate holder has failed to pay monetary sanctions identified in subdivision (g) of Section 8025.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 983, Sec. 9.3. Effective January 1, 2000.)

8024.4.
  

A revoked certificate is subject to expiration as provided in this article, but it may not be renewed. If it is reinstated after its expiration, the holder of the certificate, as a condition precedent to its reinstatement, shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date before the date on which it is reinstated, plus the delinquency fee, if any, accrued at the time of its revocation.

The certificate shall not be renewed if the certificate holder has failed to pay monetary sanctions identified in subdivision (g) of Section 8025.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 983, Sec. 9.4. Effective January 1, 2000.)

8024.5.
  

A certificate that is not renewed within three years after its expiration may not be renewed, restored, reinstated, or reissued thereafter. The holder of the certificate shall return the expired certificate to the board. To obtain a new certificate, the holder shall pay all of the fees and meet all of the qualifications and requirements set forth in this chapter for obtaining an original certificate, including qualifying for, taking, and passing the licensing examination.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 475, Sec. 16. Effective January 1, 1998.)

8024.6.
  

(a) A certificate holder shall give written notice to the board at its office in Sacramento of a name change within 30 days after each change, giving both the old and the new names. A copy of the legal document affecting the name change, such as a court order or marriage certificate, shall be submitted with the notice.

(b) Each certificate holder shall notify the board in writing at its office in Sacramento of a change of address within 30 days after each change, giving both the old and the new addresses.

(c) A penalty as provided in this chapter shall be paid by each certificate holder who fails to notify the board within 30 days as specified in this section. Any certificate holder to whom this penalty applies who fails to pay that penalty shall not have their certificate renewed without payment of that penalty, and the board may take disciplinary action.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 983, Sec. 9.5. Effective January 1, 2000.)

8024.7.
  

The board shall establish an inactive category of licensure for persons who are not actively engaged in the practice of shorthand reporting.

(a) The holder of an inactive license issued pursuant to this section shall not engage in any activity for which a license is required.

(b) An inactive license issued pursuant to this section shall be renewed during the same time period in which an active license is renewed. The holder of an inactive license is exempt from any continuing education requirement for renewal of an active license.

(c) The renewal fee for a license in an active status shall apply also for a renewal of a license in an inactive status, unless a lesser renewal fee is specified by the board.

(d) In order for the holder of an inactive license issued pursuant to this section to restore his or her license to an active status, the holder of an inactive license shall comply with both of the following:

(1) Pay the renewal fee.

(2) If the board requires completion of continuing education for renewal of an active license, complete continuing education equivalent to that required for renewal of an active license, unless a different requirement is specified by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 660, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8025.
  

A certificate issued under this chapter may be suspended, revoked, denied, or other disciplinary action may be imposed for one or more of the following causes:

(a) Conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor if the misdemeanor is substantially related to the functions and duties of a court reporter. The record of conviction, or a certified copy thereof, is conclusive evidence of the conviction.

(b) Failure to notify the board of a conviction described in subdivision (a), in accordance with Section 8024 or 8024.2.

(c) Fraud or misrepresentation resorted to in obtaining a certificate hereunder.

(d) Fraud, dishonesty, corruption, willful violation of duty, gross negligence or incompetence in practice, or unprofessional conduct in or directly related to the practice of shorthand reporting.

“Unprofessional conduct” includes, but is not limited to, acts contrary to professional standards concerning confidentiality; impartiality; filing and retention of notes; notifications, availability, delivery, execution and certification of transcripts; and any provision of law substantially related to the duties of a certified shorthand reporter.

(e) Repeated unexcused failure, whether or not willful, to transcribe notes of cases pending on appeal and to file the transcripts of those notes within the time required by law or to transcribe or file notes of other proceedings within the time required by law or agreed to by contract. Violation of this subdivision shall also be deemed an act endangering the public health, safety, or welfare within the meaning of Section 494.

(f) Loss or destruction of stenographic notes, whether on paper or electronic media, that prevents the production of a transcript due to negligence of the licensee.

(g) Failure to comply with, or to pay a monetary sanction imposed by, any court for failure to provide timely transcripts. The record of the court order, or a certified copy thereof, is conclusive evidence that the sanction was imposed.

(h) Failure to pay a civil penalty relating to the provision of court reporting services or products.

(i) The revocation of, suspension of, or other disciplinary action against a license to act as a certified shorthand reporter by another state. A certified copy of the revocation, suspension, or disciplinary action by the other state is conclusive evidence of that action.

(j) Violation of this chapter or the statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to certified shorthand reporters.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 658, Sec. 31. Effective January 1, 2006.)

8025.1.
  

(a) In addition to the causes for discipline or denial of certification set forth in Section 8025, the board may suspend or revoke any certificate, or deny certification, on any of the following grounds:

(1) That the applicant or licensee is incapable of performing the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to physical or mental infirmity or incapacity.

(2) That the applicant or licensee is unable to perform the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to the abuse of chemical substances or alcohol.

(b) For purposes of determining the existence or nonexistence of grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of a license as set forth in this section, the board may, based upon a reasonable belief that grounds exist, require the applicant or licensee to submit to a physical or mental examination or examinations by a licensed physician as designated by the board. Failure to submit to, or to schedule, a physical or mental examination within 10 days of written demand by the board shall result in the automatic suspension of any license or the denial of any application. The denial of an application on any of the grounds set forth in this section shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 11504 and 11504.5 of the Government Code. The licensee may request a hearing to contest an automatic suspension of licensure under this section by sending a written request for hearing to the offices of the board within 12 days of the date that the board mails a notice of suspension to the licensee. If a hearing is requested, it shall be convened within 30 days after the receipt by the board of the written request for the hearing. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The sole issue for determination in the hearing, whether for denial or suspension of license, shall be whether the licensee failed or refused to submit to the physical or mental examination after being duly ordered to do so by the board. Evidence that the licensee has, since the date of automatic suspension, submitted to a mental or physical examination shall be considered as mitigation of any failure or refusal to comply with the board’s order, and may, in the sound discretion of the administrative law judge, constitute cause to set aside any automatic suspension. A decision shall be rendered by the administrative law judge within 10 days of the hearing and shall constitute the final determination as to the continuing status of any automatic suspension.

(c) Following a physical or mental examination pursuant to subdivision (b), the physician conducting the examination shall determine whether the applicant or licensee is incapable of performing the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to physical or mental infirmity or incapacity, or whether the applicant or licensee is unable to perform the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to the abuse of chemical substances or alcohol. Where a medical determination is made that an impairment exists, and the finding is reported to the board, the board shall deny any application and any license shall be automatically suspended. The denial of an application on these grounds shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 11504 and 11504.5 of the Government Code. The licensee may request a hearing to contest an automatic suspension of licensure under this section by sending a written request for hearing to the offices of the board within 12 days of the date that the board mails a notice of suspension to the licensee. If a hearing is requested, it shall be convened within 30 days after the receipt by the board of the written request for hearing. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The sole issue for determination in the hearing, whether for denial or suspension of license, shall be whether the applicant or licensee is incapable of performing the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to physical or mental infirmity or incapacity, or whether the applicant or licensee is unable to perform the duties of a certified shorthand reporter due to the abuse of chemical substances or alcohol.

(d) For purposes of the hearing conducted pursuant to subdivision (c), the applicant or licensee shall, at a minimum, have the following rights:

(1) To be represented by counsel.

(2) To have a record made of the proceedings, copies of which may be obtained by the licentiate upon payment of any reasonable charges associated with the record.

(3) To call, examine, and cross-examine witnesses.

(4) To present and rebut evidence determined to be relevant.

(5) To present oral argument.

(e) The statutory period governing reapplication for licensure following denial of the application as set forth in Section 486 does not apply to licenses denied under this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 146, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1995.)

8026.
  

A plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere made to a charge substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a certified shorthand reporter is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this article.

The board may order the certificate suspended or revoked, or may decline to issue a certificate, when the time for appeal has elapsed, or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal or when an order granting probation is made suspending the imposition of sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order under the provisions of Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code allowing such person to withdraw his plea of guilty and to enter a plea of not guilty, or setting aside the verdict of guilty, or dismissing the accusation, information or indictment.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 1161.)

8027.
  

(a) As used in this section, “school” means a court reporter training program or an institution that provides a course of instruction approved by the board and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, is a public school in this state, or is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

(b) A court reporting school shall be primarily organized to train students for the practice of shorthand reporting, as defined in Sections 8016 and 8017. Its educational program shall be on the postsecondary or collegiate level. It shall be legally organized and authorized to conduct its program under all applicable laws of the state, and shall conform to and offer all components of the minimum prescribed course of study established by the board. Its records shall be kept and shall be maintained in a manner to render them safe from theft, fire, or other loss. The records shall indicate positive daily and clock-hour attendance of each student for all classes, apprenticeship and graduation reports, high school transcripts or the equivalent or self-certification of high school graduation or the equivalent, transcripts of other education, and student progress to date, including all progress and counseling reports.

(c) Any school intending to offer a program in court reporting shall notify the board within 30 days of the date on which it provides notice to, or seeks approval from, the State Department of Education, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, whichever is applicable. The board shall review the proposed curriculum and provide the school tentative approval, or notice of denial, within 60 days of receipt of the notice. The school shall apply for provisional recognition pursuant to subdivision (d) within no more than one year from the date it begins offering court reporting classes.

(d) The board may grant provisional recognition to a new court reporting school upon satisfactory evidence that it has met all of the provisions of subdivision (b) and this subdivision. Recognition may be granted by the board to a provisionally recognized school after it has been in continuous operation for a period of no less than three consecutive years from the date provisional recognition was granted, during which period the school shall provide satisfactory evidence that at least one person has successfully completed the entire course of study established by the board and complied with the provisions of Section 8020, and has been issued a certificate to practice shorthand reporting as defined in Sections 8016 and 8017. The board may, for good cause shown, extend the three-year provisional recognition period for not more than one year. Failure to meet the provisions and terms of this section shall require the board to deny recognition. Once granted, recognition may be withdrawn by the board for failure to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

(e) Application for recognition of a court reporting school shall be made upon a form prescribed by the board and shall be accompanied by all evidence, statements, or documents requested. Each branch, extension center, or off-campus facility requires separate application.

(f) All recognized and provisionally recognized court reporting schools shall notify the board of any change in school name, address, telephone number, responsible court reporting program manager, owner of private schools, and the effective date thereof, within 30 days of the change. All of these notifications shall be made in writing.

(g) A school shall notify the board in writing immediately of the discontinuance or pending discontinuance of its court reporting program or any of the program’s components. Within two years of the date this notice is sent to the board, the school shall discontinue its court reporting program in its entirety. The board may, for good cause shown, grant not more than two one-year extensions of this period to a school. If a student is to be enrolled after this notice is sent to the board, a school shall disclose to the student the fact of the discontinuance or pending discontinuance of its court reporting program or any of its program components.

(h) The board shall maintain a roster of currently recognized and provisionally recognized court reporting schools, including, but not limited to, the name, address, telephone number, and the name of the responsible court reporting program manager of each school.

(i) The board shall maintain statistics that display the number and passing percentage of all first-time examinees, including, but not limited to, those qualified by each recognized or provisionally recognized school and those first-time examinees qualified by other methods as defined in Section 8020.

(j) Inspections and investigations shall be conducted by the board as necessary to carry out this section, including, but not limited to, unannounced site visits.

(k) All recognized and provisionally recognized schools shall print in their school or course catalog the name, address, and telephone number of the board. At a minimum, the information shall be in 8-point bold type and include the following statement:

 

“IN ORDER FOR A PERSON TO QUALIFY FROM A SCHOOL TO TAKE THE STATE LICENSING EXAMINATION, THE PERSON SHALL COMPLETE A PROGRAM AT A RECOGNIZED SCHOOL. FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS THAT A COURT REPORTING PROGRAM MUST MEET IN ORDER TO BE RECOGNIZED, CONTACT: THE COURT REPORTERS BOARD OF CALIFORNIA; (ADDRESS); (TELEPHONE NUMBER).”

 

(l) Each court reporting school shall file with the board, not later than June 30 of each year, a current school catalog that shows all course offerings and staff, and for private schools, the owner, except that where there have been no changes to the catalog within the previous year, no catalog need be sent. In addition, each school shall also file with the board a statement certifying whether the school is in compliance with all statutes and the rules and regulations of the board, signed by the responsible court reporting program manager.

(m) A school offering court reporting shall not make any written or verbal claims of employment opportunities or potential earnings unless those claims are based on verified data and reflect current employment conditions.

(n) If a school offers a course of instruction that exceeds the board’s minimum requirements, the school shall disclose orally and in writing the board’s minimum requirements and how the course of instruction differs from those criteria. The school shall make this disclosure before a prospective student executes an agreement obligating that person to pay any money to the school for the course of instruction. The school shall also make this disclosure to all students enrolled on January 1, 2002.

(o) Private and public schools shall provide each prospective student with all of the following and have the prospective student sign a document that shall become part of that individual’s permanent record, acknowledging receipt of each item:

(1) A student consumer information brochure published by the board.

(2) A list of the school’s graduation requirements, including the number of tests, the pass point of each test, the speed of each test, and the type of test, such as jury charge or literary.

(3) A list of requirements to qualify for the state-certified shorthand reporter licensing examination, including the number of tests, the pass point of each test, the speed of each test, and the type of test, such as jury charge or literary, if different than those requirements listed in paragraph (2).

(4) A copy of the school’s board-approved benchmarks for satisfactory progress as identified in subdivision (u).

(5) A report showing the number of students from the school who qualified for each of the certified shorthand reporter licensing examinations within the preceding two years, the number of those students that passed each examination, the time, as of the date of qualification, that each student was enrolled in court reporting school, and the placement rate for all students that passed each examination.

(6) On and after January 1, 2005, the school shall also provide to prospective students the number of hours each currently enrolled student who has qualified to take the next licensing test, exclusive of transfer students, has attended court reporting classes.

(p) All enrolled students shall have the information in subdivisions (n) and (o) on file no later than June 30, 2005.

(q) Public schools shall provide the information in subdivisions (n) and (o) to each new student the first day he or she attends theory or machine speed class, if it was not provided previously.

(r) Each enrolled student shall be provided written notification of any change in qualification or graduation requirements that is being implemented due to the requirements of any one of the school’s oversight agencies. This notice shall be provided to each affected student at least 30 days before the effective date of the change and shall state the new requirement and the name, address, and telephone number of the agency that is requiring it of the school. Each student shall initial and date a document acknowledging receipt of that information and that document, or a copy thereof, shall be made part of the student’s permanent file.

(s) Schools shall make available a comprehensive final examination in each academic subject to any student desiring to challenge an academic class in order to obtain credit towards certification for the state licensing examination. The points required to pass a challenge examination shall not be higher than the minimum points required of other students completing the academic class.

(t) An individual serving as a teacher, instructor, or reader shall meet the qualifications specified by regulation for his or her position.

(u) Each school shall provide a substitute teacher or instructor for any class for which the teacher or instructor is absent for two consecutive days or more.

(v) The board has the authority to approve or disapprove benchmarks for satisfactory progress which each school shall develop for its court reporting program. Schools shall use only board-approved benchmarks to comply with the provisions of paragraph (4) of subdivision (o) and subdivision (u).

(w) Each school shall counsel each student a minimum of one time within each 12-month period to identify the level of attendance and progress, and the prognosis for completing the requirements to become eligible to sit for the state licensing examination. If the student has not progressed in accordance with the board-approved benchmarks for that school, the student shall be counseled a minimum of one additional time within that same 12-month period.

(x) The school shall provide to the board, for each student qualifying through the school as eligible to sit for the state licensing examination, the number of hours the student attended court reporting classes, both academic and machine speed classes, including theory.

(y) The pass rate of first-time examination takers for each school offering court reporting shall meet or exceed the average pass rate of all first-time test takers for a majority of examinations given for the preceding three years. Failure to do so shall require the board to conduct a review of the program. In addition, the board may place the school on probation and may withdraw recognition if the school continues to place below the above-described standard on the two examinations that follow the three-year period.

(z) A school shall not require more than one 10-minute qualifying examination, as defined in the regulations of the board, for a student to be eligible to sit for the state certification examination.

(aa) A school shall provide the board the actual number of hours of attendance for each applicant the school qualifies for the state licensing examination.

(ab) The board shall, by December 1, 2001, do the following by regulation as necessary:

(1) Establish the format that shall be used by schools to report tracking of all attendance hours and actual timeframes for completed coursework.

(2) Require schools to provide a minimum of 10 hours of live dictation class each school week for every full-time student.

(3) Require schools to provide students with the opportunity to read back from their stenographic notes a minimum of one time each day to his or her instructor.

(4) Require schools to provide students with the opportunity to practice with a school-approved speed-building audio recording, or other assigned material, a minimum of one hour per day after school hours as a homework assignment and provide the notes from this audio recording to their instructor the following day for review.

(5) Develop standardization of policies on the use and administration of qualifier examinations by schools.

(6) Define qualifier examination as follows: the qualifier examination shall consist of 4-voice testimony of 10-minute duration at 200 words per minute, graded at 97.5 percent accuracy, and in accordance with the guidelines followed by the board. Schools shall be required to date and number each qualifier and announce the date and number to the students at the time of administering the qualifier. All qualifiers shall indicate the actual dictation time of the test and the school shall catalog and maintain the qualifier for a period of not less than three years for the purpose of inspection by the board.

(7) Require schools to develop a program to provide students with the opportunity to interact with professional court reporters to provide skill support, mentoring, or counseling that they can document at least quarterly.

(8) Define qualifications and educational requirements required of instructors and readers that read test material and qualifiers.

(ac) The board shall adopt regulations to implement the requirements of this section not later than September 1, 2002.

(ad) The board may recover costs for any additional expenses incurred under the enactment amending this section in the 2001–02 Regular Session of the Legislature pursuant to its fee authority in Section 8031.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 332, Sec. 92. (SB 1236) Effective January 1, 2013.)

8027.5.
  

In addition to the authority to conduct disciplinary proceedings under this chapter, the board, through its duly authorized representatives, shall have authority to issue administrative citations or assess fines for the violation of any rules and regulations adopted by the board under the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 615, Sec. 13. Effective October 9, 2001.)

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