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Law Updates

Apr  05,  2016  - New Hampshire
NH House Bill 151 - House Bill 151 repeals the laws related to marital masters, including the authorization of marital masters to perform notarial acts under RSA 456-B:3, I(b).

Jul  01,  2015  - Utah
UT Senate Bill 79 - Senate Bill 79 enacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, authorizing a Utah county recorder to electronically record real property documents. The bill allows Notaries to use electronic signatures in notarizing electronic real property documents. The bill is effective July 1, 2015 for all portions of the Act, except the provision related to establishing the Electronic Recording Commission to publish rules, which takes effect May 13, 2014.

Feb  06,  2015  - New York
NY Assembly 8974 - Assembly 8974 adds clarifying provisions to the bond, contract for services and signs of immigration assistance service providers, adds and strengthens penalties for violations of the Immigration Assistance Services Enforcement Act, and creates a new Office for New Americans to help immigrants in need of immigration services.

Jan  01,  2015  - Pennsylvania
PA House Bill 1429 - House Bill 1429 modifies Pennsylvania’s power of attorney statutes. It allows a power of attorney to be signed by the principal by signature or mark or allows a power to be signed by another individual on behalf of and at the direction of the principal. The bill requires most powers of attorney to be acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer and allows powers of attorney to be electronically signed. The bill disqualifies the Notary from taking the acknowledgment of a power of attorney if the Notary is the agent or witness to the power of attorney.

Jan  01,  2015  - California
CA Senate Bill 1050 - Senate Bill 1050 is the latest change to the form and wording of the statutory certificates of acknowledgment, jurat and proof of execution prescribed under California law in recent years. SB 1050 adds a prescribed consumer disclosure to each of these certificates.

Nov  01,  2014  - Oklahoma
OK House Bill 2576 - House Bill 2576 clarifies that the limitations and requirements applicable to Notaries in notarizing absentee ballots apply only to elections conducted by the State Elections Board or a county elections board. It would not apply to a tribal election or any other election not conducted by one of these two boards.

Oct  01,  2014  - Tennessee
TN House Bill 2387 - House Bill 2387 fixes a technical issue that prevented Tennessee legislators from holding a Notary commission, allows Notaries to charge a reasonable fee for their services and creates a journal requirement.

Sep  17,  2014  - Mississippi
MS Administrative Rule (Bond Filing) - An amendment to Rule 2.5 of the Mississippi Notary Public administrative rules requires applicants to timely file the required Notary bond within 60 days of the date on the Notary application. The new rule also states that bonds that are not timely filed will result in the rejection of the application.

Sep  10,  2014  - Mississippi
MS Administrative Rule (Application) - An amendment to Rule 2.3 of the Mississippi Notary Public administrative rules now requires applicants for a Notary commission to provide a valid email address on the application for a commission.

Aug  01,  2014  - North Dakota
ND Senate Bill 2123 - North Dakota enacts the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (UUFDA). The UUFDA permits a person living or traveling outside of the U.S. who must sign a sworn statement to make the statement under penalty of perjury without having to appear before a Notary or U.S. consular officer to take an oath or affirmation. This new law does not apply to certain sensitive documents, including depositions and recordable instruments.

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