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Idaho lawmakers agree to boost court reporter pay

The state is facing a serious shortage of people willing to do the job.
Credit: Paul Bohelke

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's legislative budget-writing committee has voted unanimously to boost pay for court reporters after learning that the state is facing a serious shortage of people willing to do the job.

Idaho state law requires a court reporter for all district court proceedings. They create verbatim records used for future appeals and other proceedings.

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The Idaho Press reports currently Idaho court reporter positions are going unfilled because the pay is low and the closest school with a program for court reporters is in Washington state.

On Monday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved a 10 percent increase in the state's budget for court reporters. That's a boost of more than $340,000.