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Law

NE Legislative Bill 94

Notary Law Update: NE Legislative Bill 94

State: Nebraska

Summary:
Legislative Bill 94 validates certain notarizations performed under the Governor's Executive Order No. 20-13, dated April 1, 2020.

Signed:  March 31, 2021

Effective:  August 28, 2021

Chapter: TBD

Affects:
Amends Section 64-401 and adds as yet uncodified Sections to Chapter 64, Article 4 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes.

Changes:
  1. Validates notarial acts performed on or after April 2, 2020, and before July 1, 2020, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order No. 20-13, dated April 1, 2020. 2.
  2. Validates deeds, mortgages, trust deeds, and other instruments for the conveyance or encumbrance of real estate, or any interest therein that involved the performance of an online notarial act on or after April 2, 2020, and before July 1, 2020, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order No. 20-13, dated April 1, 2020.
Analysis:
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many states providing temporary authorizations to perform remote notarizations. In Nebraska, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 20-13, waiving the July 1, 2020, implementation date for the online notarization statutes to take effect, and allowing them to take effect on April 1, 2020. Governors' actions across the United States led some to express concern about the validity of notarizations performed under the temporary authorizations, and legislatures such as Nebraska have taken steps to validate these notarial acts so that they do not cause issues later.

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