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Law Updates

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  09,  2013  - Pennsylvania
PA House Bill 25 (RULONA) - Pennsylvania becomes the fourth state to enact the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). HB 25 comprehensively rewrites all of Pennsylvania’s Notary statutes, pulling in existing law and supplementing it with the new RULONA provisions.

Oct  09,  2013  - Pennsylvania
PA House Bill 25 (UUFDA) - Pennsylvania enacts the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (UUFDA) as part of House Bill 25.

Oct  05,  2013  - California
CA Assembly Bill 1159 - AB 1159 establishes hefty penalties for translating into another language the terms “Notary” or “Notary Public” by a nonattorney. While the Government Code has had a similar provision on the books for quite some time, the effect of AB 1159 is to make the literal translation of these terms punishable under Business and Professions Code Section 6126(a), the statute penalizing a violation of the unauthorized practice of law by nonattorneys as a misdemeanor.

Oct  01,  2013  - Montana
MT House Bill 252 - House Bill 252 transfers the duty of storing Notary journals from the county clerks to the Secretary of State.

Oct  01,  2013  - Maryland
MD Senate Bill 190 - 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.

Oct  01,  2013  - Connecticut
CT Senate Bill 829 - SB 829 makes it a class D felony for anyone who engages in the unauthorized practice of law without having a license to practice law.

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