ME House Bill 1429

Legislation

State: Maine
Signed: April 05, 2006

Effective: April 15, 2006
Chapter: 541

Summary

House Bill 1429 permits certain employee-Notaries of a jail to perform ministerial and Notary functions in connection with the preparation of personal recognizance or unsecured appearance bonds.

Affects

Amends Maine Revised Statutes Annotated Title 15, Section 1025-A and Title 30-A, Section 353 (applies retroactively to February 28, 1989)

Changes
  1. Allows a sheriff to authorize any jail employee who is a Notary to notarize for inmates (without a fee) – it specifies that they do not have to be corrections or law enforcement officers.
Analysis

Enacted as an emergency measure, House Bill 1429 permits certain employee-Notaries of a jail to perform ministerial and Notary functions in connection with the preparation of personal recognizance or unsecured appearance bonds. Evidently, several jails throughout the state had been offering these assistive services to the benefit of inmates. However, the jails were not aware that this practice was against the law! Finding that having in-house Notaries available to meet the needs of defendants is a valuable benefit to the jails and to society, and warranted striking down the old law, the governor signed House Bill 1429 into law.

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