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ME House Bill 241

Notary Law Update: ME House Bill 241

State: Maine

Summary:

House Bill 241 permits a municipal treasurer or treasurer’s assignee to sign a discharge of sewer tax lien with a facsimile signature and a Notary or notarial officer to notarize the facsimile signature.

Signed:  May 19, 2011

Effective:  August 13, 2011

Chapter: Public Law 2011-104

Affects:

Amends Sections 943 and 944 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated

Changes:
  1. Authorizes a municipal treasurer or treasurer’s assignee to sign a discharge of sewer tax lien with a facsimile signature.
  2. Authorizes notarization of a waiver of sewer tax lien foreclosure containing a municipal treasurer or treasurer’s assignee’s facsimile signature.
Analysis:

We are reporting enactment of House Bill 241 because it runs counter to a longstanding NNA best practice recommending that Notaries only notarize original signatures. HB 241 permits a municipal treasurer or treasurer’s assignee to sign a discharge of sewer tax lien with a facsimile signature and a Notary or notarial officer to notarize the facsimile signature. Worse, it appears to require the Notary to falsely declare in the acknowledgment certificate that the treasurer is present even at times he or she may not be due to an assignee’s use of a facsimile stamp bearing the treasurer’s signature. HB 241 also provides a statutory form for the discharge of tax lien foreclosure.

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