MD Senate Bill 190 | NNA

MD Senate Bill 190

Notary Law Update: MD Senate Bill 190

State: Maryland

Summary:

Senate Bill 190 authorizes a state senator to delegate the responsibility of endorsing Notary applications of constituents in the senator’s district to the Secretary of State.

Signed:  May 16, 2013

Effective:  October 01, 2013

Chapter: 450

Affects:

Amends Sections 18-101 and 18-103 of State Government, Annotated Code of Maryland

Changes:
  1. Allows a state senator to delegate the approving of the application of an applicant for a Notary commission to the Secretary of State.
  2. Provides that an application of an applicant that has been delegated to the Secretary of State for approval must contain the written approval by the Secretary.
  3. Authorizes the Governor to appoint an applicant a Notary commission whose application has been approved by the Secretary.
Analysis:
Maryland is one of the few remaining states that require Notary applications to be endorsed by a state senator. Many states have removed this requirement in the recent past because in today’s society, elected officials do not know the individuals whose applications they are asked to endorse. Without actually doing away with the senatorial endorsement, SB 190 does allow a state senator to delegate the approval of applications for applicants in the senator’s district to the Secretary of State. Instead of bearing the written approval of the state senator, the application would need to bear the written approval of the Secretary
 
 

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