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NE Legislative Bill 690

Notary Law Update: NE Legislative Bill 690

State: Nebraska

Summary:

In Legislative Bill 690, Nebraska becomes the first state to declare in statute that a Notary commits malfeasance (wrongdoing by a public official) if he or she violates the confidentiality provisions of various sections in the Nebraska Revised Statutes pertaining to consents or declarations to abortion.

Signed:  May 26, 2011

Effective:  August 26, 2011

Chapter: None

Affects:

Section 64-113 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska

Changes:
  1. Requires a written consent in order for a pregnant minor to obtain an abortion, and this consent must be signed by both the minor and a parent or legal guardian and then acknowledged before a Notary.
  2. Stipulates that a Notary Public commits malfeasance in office if the Notary violates the confidentiality provisions of RSN 71-6901 to 71-6908 and Sections 5, 6, 12, 14, and 15 of Legislative Bill 690, and upon conviction, may be removed or suspended from office by the Secretary of State.
Analysis:

A few states have statutes which require notarization of a parental consent before a doctor or medical professional performs an abortion on a minor child, but to the NNA’s knowledge Nebraska becomes the first state to declare in statute that a Notary commits malfeasance (wrongdoing by a public official) if he or she violates the confidentiality provisions of various sections in the Nebraska Revised Statutes pertaining to consents or declarations for abortion.

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