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WV Senate Bill 182

Notary Law Update: WV Senate Bill 182

State: West Virginia

Summary:
Senate Bill 182 provides legislative approval of the Secretary of State’s emergency rules for remote ink signed notarization.

Signed:  March 31, 2021

Effective:  March 23, 2021

Chapter: 174

Affects:
Approves 153 Code of State Regulations 45.

Changes:
  1. Authorizes the Secretary of State’s emergency rules for remote ink signed notarization.
Analysis:

In West Virginia, the Legislature must approve of administrative rules before they are finally adopted. The Legislature’s approval of the Secretary of State’s rules for remote ink signed notarization during states of emergency like COVID-19 completes a process that began last Spring when the emergency rules were published.

Now that Senate Bill 469 has been signed into law, the approval of the rules for the long term may be moot, since SB 469 also authorizes remote ink signed notarization.

Read the bill text.

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