Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to extend the repeal of the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984 from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2024. Amends the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984. Adds Section headings and changes references of "Director" to "Secretary". Makes changes to the provisions concerning uncertified practice, violations, and civil penalties; definitions; restricted certificates; the administration of Act; the Certified Shorthand Reporters Board; the Department's authorization of examinations; expiration, renewal, and military service; endorsement and licensure without examination; fees and returned checks; advertising; grounds for disciplinary action; injunctive actions and orders to cease and desist; investigations and notice and hearing; records of proceedings; subpoenas and oaths; compelling testimony and contempt; the Board's report; hearing officers, reports, and review; order or certified copy and prima facie proof; restoration of license from discipline; suspension; certification of court records and the filing of receipt; penalties; continuing education; home rule; a licensee's responsibility to preserve his or her shorthand notes; and the Administrative Procedure Act. Adds provisions concerning social security numbers on license applications and confidentiality. Repeals a provision concerning practicing in this State or holding oneself out as being able to practice shorthand reporting. Makes other changes. Effective December 31, 2013.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that the Department shall issue a restricted certificate to a reporter who has been appointed in counties of less than 1,000,000 in population and has paid the required fee, has been examined under the Court Reporters Act, and has achieved an "A" proficiency rating (previously did not require the examination under the Court Reporters Act for those who achieved an "A" proficiency rating).