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Law Updates

Aug  29,  2012  - Pennsylvania
PA House Bill 1026 - Under current law in Pennsylvania, only judicial officers, clerks of court and such other personnel of the system and jurors as may be designated by or pursuant to general rules may administer oaths and affirmations and take acknowledgments. An acknowledgment may be taken by a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. HB 1026 allows each retired or senior judge to have the powers to take acknowledgments and administer oaths provided six requirements are met.

Aug  23,  2012  - Oklahoma
OK Senate Bill 1466 - Senate Bill 1466 requires a Notary to keep a record of all absentee ballot affidavits that he or she notarizes for at least two years after an election and provides that a Notary may not notarize more than twenty absentee ballot affidavits without written approval of the county election board secretary. The bill also prohibits Notaries Public from requesting or submitting absentee ballots on behalf of another voter, assisting another voter who is not a member of his or her household in requesting absentee ballots or receiving an absentee ballot on behalf of such a person.

Aug  08,  2012  - Colorado
CO House Bill 1274 - House Bill 1274 implements new requirements for Notary seals and journal entries, provides that the Secretary of State may require commission applications and renewals to be submitted electronically, clarifies the disciplinary actions the Secretary may take against Notaries and requires Notaries to notify the Secretary of a change of business or residential address.

Aug  02,  2012  - North Carolina
NC Senate Bill 847 - Senate Bill 847 is a “curative” statute that corrects or validates certain notarial acts performed after August 28, 2010 and January 12, 2012 by appointed Notaries Public who did not take the oath of office to renew their commissions.

Aug  01,  2012  - Alabama
AL House Bill 99 - House Bill 99 makes it a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly act as a Notary Public without proper authority.

Aug  01,  2012  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 929 - House Bill 929 provides new rules for initiating action against the commission of a Notary for cause, adds two new qualifications for appointment as a Notary, authorizes the Secretary of State to develop an educational course to train Notaries, requires any Notary who teaches examination preparation courses to be a Notary with statewide authority after February 28, 2015, raises the fee for processing the Notary’s annual report and no longer requires the bond of a Notary commissioned in Orleans Parish to be approved by the custodian of notarial records.

Aug  01,  2012  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 470 - House Bill 470 clarifies that any Louisiana Notary Public may issue an affidavit of correction to correct an error in a notarial act affecting movable or immovable property or any other rights, if the Notary who issued the original authentic act or the Notary who prepared the act of correction is deceased, incapacitated or whose whereabouts are unknown, and if the Notary has access to the records of the Notary who is deceased, incapacitated or whose whereabouts are unknown and the records contain information to support the correction.

Aug  01,  2012  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 361 - HB 361 permits a Notary validly commissioned in his or her parish to notarize in all adjacent parishes with a population of less than 40,000 and in which he or his employer maintains an office without having to submit an additional bond or application, or having to take an examination. In addition, the Notary no longer must file the affidavit stating the location of his or her office and obtain a dual commission.

Jul  18,  2012  - Nebraska
NE Legislative Bill 398 - Senate Bill 1466 allows election commissioners to administer oaths and affirmations using the county seal, prohibits an applicant for a Notary commission to be appointed if the applicant has been convicted of a crime involving fraud or dishonesty within the previous five years, permits nonresidents of a bordering state to hold a Nebraska Notary commission if they have a regular place of work or employment in Nebraska, repeals the authority of a Notary to protest commercial paper, modifies rules for the removal from office of a Notary, and authorizes the Secretary of State to enact rules and regulations.

Jul  05,  2012  - Pennsylvania
PA House Bill 970 - Pennsylvania becomes the twenty-seventh state to enact the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, enabling county recorders of deeds to accept electronic real property documents for recording in conformance with technical standards set by an 13-member Electronic Recording Commission.

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