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Law Updates

Jan  01,  2014  - Nevada
NV Assembly Bill 99 - Assembly Bill 99 introduced the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) as adopted by the Uniform Law Commission, but a significant amendment put forward by the Secretary of State kept only certain sections the Secretary’s office thought were most necessary.

Jan  01,  2014  - South Carolina
SC Senate Bill 143 - South Carolina Senate Bill 143 shows the value of having testamentary documents notarized, or in the case of wills, self-proved by attaching the affidavits of the testator and witnesses to the will.

Jan  01,  2014  - Texas
TX House Bill 2918 - HB 2918 makes modifications to the statutory durable power of attorney from, which must be acknowledged before a Notary. HB 2918 now provides an instruction to the attorney in fact for how the attorney in fact should identify him- or herself when signing a document as attorney in fact. The attorney in fact is instructed to disclose his or her identity by signing the document in the following manner: “(Principal’s Name) by (Your Signature) as Agent (or as Attorney in Fact).”

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 464 - AB 464 amends Civil Code Section 1188 to remove the contradiction between Section 1188 and 1189(a)(1) and requires Notaries to use the proof of execution by subscribing witness certificate exactly in the form prescribed by Civil Code Section 1195.

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 625 - AB 625 reclassifies an inmate ID issued by the California Department of Corrections in the first “category” of written IDs that are acceptable to present to a Notary in Civil Code Section 1185.

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 35 - AB 35 prohibits Notaries from practices amounting to “price gouging” for providing services to any person filing an application under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 924 - AB 924 authorizes the Secretary of State to deny, suspend or revoke the commission of a Notary for grand theft of the carcass of cattle or other animals as provided in Penal Code Section 487a(a).

Jan  01,  2014  - North Carolina
NC House Bill 589 - House Bill 589 authorizes that instead of two witnesses as required by law, a Notary may witness the marking and sealing of an absentee ballot; however, a Notary may not charge to witness or affix a Notary seal to an absentee ballot application or certificate.

Nov  13,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Rules for Electronic Notarial Acts - The Arkansas Secretary of State has published permanent rules for electronic notarization authorizing Notaries to apply for a commission to perform e-notarizations using public key cryptography technology to create an electronic signature.

Oct  22,  2013  - Rhode Island
RI Administrative Rules (Complaints) - The Rhode Island Department of Administration has promulgated administrative rules of practice and procedure for investigating, prosecuting, and adjudicating allegations against Notaries Public.

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