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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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug  01,  2014  - Minnesota
MN House File 2668 - House File 2668 provides that a document submitted to a court requiring a sworn statement made before a Notary or notarial officer no longer must be notarized as long as the document is signed under penalty of perjury and otherwise meets the requirements of the statute. It also exempts certain officers with notarial powers from having to register the intent to perform electronic notarizations with the Secretary of State.

Aug  01,  2014  - Minnesota
MN House File 155 - House File 155 raises the fee Notaries may charge for most notarial acts from $1 to $5.

Aug  01,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 462 - HB 462 authorizes specially designated commissioned officers of the office of the state fire marshal to have ex-officio notarial powers to administer oaths and receive sworn statements in matters incident to their duties.

Aug  01,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 197 - HB 197 authorizes a fire chief of a municipal or parish fire department to appoint up to 3 employees who may take acknowledgments, administer oaths and execute affidavits with respect to matters within the office of the municipal or parish fire department.

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