FCRA’s Board and Lobbyists have been very busy so far this year. 

February 15th, we had our first ever “Hill Day” in Tallahassee at Capitol Hill for Court Reporting and Captioning Week.  In addition to having a booth set up for FCRA,myself and the board members, along with Mark Pinto and Allison Carter from The Fiorentino Group, met with Senator Keith Perry, State Representative Cynthia Stafford, Representative Larry Metz,  Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, aide to Senator Greg Steube, and Senator Audrey Gibson to help educate them on the issues we are having with certification.  Several of them were puzzled by the fact that legislation for certification exists but has been held in abeyance, even though the wording is indicative of a mandate. 

Additionally, we met with Andrew Fay, an attorney with the Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi, to try to get some long overdue clarification on the notary/oath/ID issue in Florida and also clarification on whether we can swear a witness over VTC if we can see them and see their ID.   Allison Carter has a follow-up meeting with their office coming up and hopefully we will have more information very soon.

The Ethics Committee has been hard at work updating the FPR Manual before our conference in June so we have the most up-to-date information available for our membership.     

We will be having several statewide Reporters Off The Record Events in April and May to help promote FCRA and increase membership.  At each event, we will be raffling off a free membership.  We will also be offering a discounted, short-term membership for nonmembers, which will allow more people to take advantage of the member discount for the conference in June.  We would love to see some newcomers this year.

Our annual conference is right around the corner and we hope to see many of you there.