House Bill Seeks 15 Percent Cut In Court Reporters

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas House member has introduced a bill that would reduce the number of court reporters in the state and replace them with electronic recording devices.

The Wichita Eagle reports Mulvane Republican Rep. Pet DeGraaf says 96 Kansas courts already have the capacity to do some electronic recording. He says his proposal, which would eliminate 13 vacancies and cut 18 current positions, would save $750,000 to $1.3 million a year.

But Wichita Democratic Rep. Jim Ward, an attorney, says support in the House Appropriations Committee for the cuts is evidence that some of the committee members don't fully understand the purpose of court reporters.

The Kansas Bar Association tweeted during the Appropriations Committee meeting Tuesday that not a single panel member involved in deciding the issue is an attorney.

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