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Law Updates

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.

Jul  01,  2012  - Indiana
IN House Bill 1005 - House Bill 1005 clarifies that for the purposes of the Indiana Constitution the office of Notary Public is not considered a lucrative office. Thus, as a result of this new law, Notaries Public can hold other public offices in the state at the same time without violating the Indiana Constitution.

Jul  01,  2012  - Utah
UT Senate Bill 144 - As the immigrant population swells across the country, in recent years certain states have enacted statutes regulating the activities of so-called immigration consultants or specialists. The states of California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and New York have immigration consultant statutes on the books, and now Utah joins them in enacting its own comprehensive chapter of immigration consultant laws.

Jul  01,  2012  - Wyoming
WY House Bill 35 - House Bill 35 clarifies that the statutory “short form” notarial certificates contained in Section 34-26-108 of the Wyoming Statutes are presumptive evidence of the facts the Notary certified in performing the notarial act – specifically relating to the facts surrounding acknowledgments signed in an individual and representative capacity.

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