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MA Senate Bill 2475

Notary Law Update: MA Senate Bill 2475

State: Massachusetts

Summary:
Senate Bill 2475 extends the temporary remote notarization provisions enacted last year in Senate Bill 2645 through December 15, 2021.

Signed:  June 16, 2021

Effective:  June 16, 2021

Chapter: 20

Affects:
Amends Section 8 of Chapter 71 of 2020 (Senate Bill 2645).

Changes:
  1. Amends Chapter 71 of 2020 (Senate Bill 2645), Section 8 to clarify that the temporary remote notarization provisions are effective through December 15, 2021.
Analysis:
Massachusetts enacted temporary legislation in 2020 through Senate Bill 2645 authorizing remote notarizations to be performed during the COVID-19 state of emergency up until 3 business days after the termination of the Governor's March 10, 2020, declaration of a state of emergency. The Governor ended the state of emergency on June 15, 2021. Thus, before the temporary authorization to perform remote notarizations ended on June 18, 2021, the Massachusetts General Court passed Senate Bill 2475 and the Governor signed the bill as Chapter 20 of 2021. It pushes out the expiration date of the temporary remote notarization provisions through December 15, 2021.

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