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Law Updates

Apr  01,  2013  - Michigan
MI Senate Bill 689 - Michigan 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, recordable instruments, self-proving affidavits to a last will and testament, and certain durable powers of attorney.

Apr  01,  2013  - Connecticut
CT Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - Under the Connecticut Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA), standards for implementing eRecording were published effective April 1, 2013.

Mar  19,  2013  - Washington DC
DC Bill 753 - The District of Columbia enacts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, authorizing a property owner to transfer interest in the property to a beneficiary upon the death of the owner through a Transfer on Death Deed that must be notarized and filed in the local land records.

Feb  14,  2013  - Washington
WA Administrative Rule (eNotarization 2013) - The Washington Secretary of State adopts permanent rules to implement the Uniform Electronic Recording Act that includes provisions related to the notarization of electronic real property records.

Jan  25,  2013  - Illinois
IL House Bill 3804 - House Bill 3804 makes a minor, non-substantive technical amendment referencing the Illinois Criminal Code in 5 ILCS 312/7-104, the statute defining official misconduct by a Notary Public.

Jan  21,  2013  - Virginia
VA Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - The Virginia Electronic Notarization Assurance Standard has been published by the Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth to satisfy the requirement of the Code of Virginia Section 47.1-6.1.

Jan  01,  2013  - Iowa
IA Senate File 2265 - With Senate File 2265, Iowa becomes the second state to enact the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). SF 2265 contains most of the “stock” RULONA provisions, including new identification standards, prohibited acts, and electronic notarization rules. The RULONA does not contain the bracketed (optional) Notary bond, journal and education provisions that were in the final form of the RULONA adopted by the Uniform Law Commission. The bill takes effect on January 1, 2013.

Jan  01,  2013  - Iowa
IA House File 2465 - House Bill 2465 makes a couple of corrections to the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts that was recently enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The changes are to replace the words “notary public” with “notarial officer” and “notarization occurs” with “notarial act is performed” in the definition of “personal appearance.”

Jan  01,  2013  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 1192 - HB 1192 creates a new class of Notaries who are only required to pass certain parts of the Louisiana Notary examination and may not perform certain notarial acts that Notaries who have passed all components of the state Notary examination may perform. Further, these Notaries may only notarize for their employers. HB 1192 requires these Notaries to post a much higher $20,000 bond and requires the employer to pay for it. The new law is only temporary; it will sunset on August 1, 2016 and any commissions issued under the provisions of the temporary law will expire on that date unless the Notary has passed all components of the statewide Notary examination.

Jan  01,  2013  - Louisiana
LA Senate Bill 599 - Repeals the authority of the chief of police of the Crescent City Connection Police Department to designate police officers under his command and appoint them as ex officio Notaries Public.

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