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VOLUME 46, ISSUE 22
ISSUE DATE: November 17, 2014
RULE PROPOSALS

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
New Jersey State Board of Court Reporting


Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A

Credit Towards Registration as a Temporary Registered Reporter for Education, Training, and Experience Received While Serving as a Member of the Armed Forces
 
Authorized By: New Jersey State Board of Court Reporting, Dianne Tamaroglio, Executive Director.
 
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:1-15 and 45:15B-1 and P.L. 2013, c. 49.
 
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
 
Proposal Number: PRN 2014-195.
 
Submit comments by January 16, 2015, to:
 
   Khaled Madin, Acting Executive Director
   New Jersey State Board of Court Reporting
   124 Halsey Street
   PO Box 45019
   Newark, NJ 07101
   or electronically at: www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/proposal/comment/.
 
The agency proposal follows:
 
Summary

The State Board of Court Reporting (Board) is proposing to add new rules to N.J.A.C. 13:43 to implement P.L. 2013, c. 49 (the Act). The Act mandates that a professional or occupational board give an applicant for licensure, certification, or certification of registration credit towards its requirements for licensure, certification, or certification of registration for any portion of the training, education, and experience the applicant received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States (Armed Forces) that is substantially equivalent to the training, education, or experience required for licensure, certification, or certification of registration.

Proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(a) permits an applicant for registration as a temporary registered reporter who has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces to apply to the Board for recognition of the applicant's training, education, and experience received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces as being substantially equivalent to the training, education, and experience required for registration.

Proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(b) sets forth the evidence that the applicant is required to provide to establish that the relevant education, training, and experience received while in the military is substantially equivalent in scope and character to the education, training, and experience required by the Board for registration.

Proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(b)2i requires the applicant to submit a verification of his or her military experience and training to the Board for a determination of substantial equivalence of training and/or experience.

Proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(b)2ii sets forth the procedure that an applicant must follow to have his or her military education and/or training evaluated for substantial equivalence. The Board would consider only those courses relevant to the practice of court reporting that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education for substantial equivalence to civilian postsecondary curricula.

Proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2(b)3 requires that the applicant comply with all other requirements for registration.

Under proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(c), the applicant is responsible for providing timely and complete evidence of the education, training, and/or experience gained in the military for review and consideration. If all of the applicant's military training, education, or experience is not deemed substantially equivalent to the Board's requirements, proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(d) would require the Board to credit whatever portion of the applicant's military training, education, and experience it deems to be substantially equivalent towards meeting the requirements of registration. Additionally, proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2A(e) provides that evidence of such education, training, or experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The Board has provided a 60-day comment period for this notice of proposal. Therefore, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5.
 
Social Impact

The proposed new rules would help New Jersey veterans transition from military to civilian life. New Jersey veterans who have received training, education, and experience while in the military would be able to have that training, education, and experience evaluated for substantial equivalence to Board requirements. Whatever portion of the veteran's training, education, and/or experience is found to be substantially [page=2269] equivalent would be credited towards the requirements for registration. This procedure would create an efficient process for licensing veterans who have received valuable education and work skills while in the military in professional careers, benefitting veterans, as noted in the Economic Impact statement below. Prospective employers may also benefit from the increased pool of qualified potential employees. The Board anticipates that the proposed new rules would have no adverse effect on public health, safety, or welfare.
 
Economic Impact

The Board believes that the proposed new rules may have a positive economic impact on New Jersey veterans. Crediting substantially equivalent education received in the military towards the requirements for registration may save veterans tuition costs for duplicative education; crediting substantially equivalent training and experience may save veterans time in achieving registration. To the extent that veterans registered as temporary registered reporters are able to work in the State (temporary registered reporters may work only if a certified court reporter is not available), the proposed new rules may also economically benefit the State through increased tax revenues and decreased unemployment.
 
Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because the proposed new rules are governed by P.L. 2013, c. 49, and N.J.S.A. 45:15B-9, and are not subject to any Federal requirements or standards.
 
Jobs Impact

The Board does not believe that the proposed new rules will result in the creation or loss of jobs in the State other than discussed in the Economic Impact statement above.
 
Agriculture Industry Impact

The proposed new rules will have no impact on the agriculture industry in the State.
 
Regulatory Flexibility Statement

The Regulatory Flexibility Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., requires the Board to give a description of the types and an estimate of the number of small businesses to which the proposed new rules will apply. A regulatory flexibility analysis is not required because the proposed new rules only apply to applicants for registration who are not considered small businesses because they have not yet been registered as temporary registered reporters.
 
Housing Affordability Impact Analysis

The proposed new rules will have an insignificant impact on affordable housing in New Jersey and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the rules would evoke a change in the average costs associated with housing because the proposed new rules require the Board to grant credit for substantially equivalent education, training, and experience received while in the Armed Forces towards registration as a temporary registered reporter.
 
Smart Growth Development Impact Analysis

The proposed new rules will have an insignificant impact on smart growth and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the rules would evoke a change in housing production in Planning Areas 1 or 2, or within designated centers, under the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in New Jersey because the proposed new rules require the Board to grant credit for substantially equivalent education, training, and experience received while in the Armed Forces towards registration as a temporary registered reporter.
 
Full text of the proposed new rule follows:
 
SUBCHAPTER 2.    CERTIFICATION OF COURT REPORTERS; REGISTRATION OF TEMPORARY REGISTERED REPORTERS
 
13:43-2.2A   Credit towards registration as a temporary registered reporter for education, training, and experience received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces
 
(a) An applicant who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States (Armed Forces) and who does not meet all of the training, education, and experience requirements for temporary registration under N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2, may apply to the Board for recognition of the applicant's training, education, or experience received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces, which the Board shall consider, together with any training, education, and experience obtained outside of the Armed Forces, for determining substantial equivalence to the training, education, and experience required for registration.
 
(b) The Board shall register an applicant as a temporary registered reporter, if the applicant presents evidence to the Board that:
 
1. The applicant has been honorably discharged from active military service;
 
2. The relevant training, experience, and education the applicant received in the military, together with any training, education, and experience obtained outside of the Armed Forces, is substantially equivalent in scope and character to the training, experience, and education required for registration under N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2.
 
i. An applicant seeking credit for military training and experience shall submit to the Board the applicant's Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) Document, DD Form 2586.
 
ii. An applicant seeking credit for education courses and/or training completed while in the military shall submit to the Board a Joint Services Transcript of his or her education/training for a determination that the education courses and/or training completed are substantially equivalent in level, scope, and intent to the program as required for registration under N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2. For the purpose of determining substantial equivalence of the applicant's military education and/or training, the Board shall consider only those education courses and/or training relevant to the practice of court reporting that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education for substantial equivalence to civilian postsecondary curricula; and
 
3. The applicant complies with all other requirements for registration.
 
(c) It is the applicant's responsibility to provide timely and complete evidence of the education, training, and experience gained in the military for review and consideration.
 
(d) If the applicant's military training, education, and experience, or a portion thereof, is deemed not to be substantially equivalent to that required for registration as a temporary registered reporter, the Board shall credit whatever portion of the military training, education, and experience that is substantially equivalent towards meeting the requirements under N.J.A.C. 13:43-2.2 for registration.
 
(e) Satisfactory evidence of such education, training, and experience shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

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