LANSING, Mich., Nov. 1, 2023 —The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 5046 today, sponsored by state Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights). This legislation would give court reporters and recorders a raise for the first time in nearly 40 years. The policy follows the continued dedication to put people first and help working Michiganders thrive in today’s economy. 

“We’ve seen the inflation numbers, and they have impacted families across Michigan,” Shannon said. “By statute, the Legislature is responsible for updating the rates paid to these valuable workers. It was well past time for our court reporters and recorders — whose talents and skills are crucial for our judicial system — to receive the pay they deserve. ”

This legislation would increase the amount a recorder or reporter would receive from $1.75 to $3.75 per page on original transcript and 90 cents per page for each copy. Legislation to change circuit court reporter pricing has not been implemented since 1986.

“Michigan’s recorder and reporter pay is one of the lowest in the country,” Shannon said. “If we want our talent to stay here in our communities, we must compete to retain them. Without this bill2, we will continue to deter people from this particular job. I am excited that this bill has been voted out of the House. I am hopeful that the Senate will see the importance for our economy and hard-working Michiganders and keep the ball moving on this.”

Court reporters and recorders transcribe court hearings for use in both civil or criminal court cases. A reporter is a shorthand reporter, or a voice writer. A court recorder transcribes electronically.