LA House Bill 197 | NNA

LA House Bill 197

Notary Law Update: LA House Bill 197

State: Louisiana

Summary:

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.

Signed:  May 30, 2014

Effective:  August 01, 2014

Chapter: Act No. 323

Affects:

Adds Section 35:413 to the Louisiana Revised Statutes

Changes:
  1. Provides that any fire chief of a municipal or parish fire department or fire protection district may designate up to 3 employees in the fire chief’s office and appoint them as ex-officio Notaries.
  2. Grants these ex-officio Notaries the power to take acknowledgments, administer oaths and execute affidavits limited to matters within the office of the municipal or parish fire department or fire protection district.
  3. Requires all acts performed by these ex-officio Notaries must be performed without charge or other compensation and without the necessity of giving bond.
  4. Provides that the appointment of ex-officio Notaries may be suspended or terminated at the discretion of the fire chief.
Analysis:

House Bill 197 expands to the ever-growing list of individuals working in government-related positions who may become ex-officio Notaries Public without having to be commissioned as a Notary Public. HB 197 now 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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