Remote Online Notary Bill: The bill was presented in the Gunter subcommittee twice this week. The second presentation occurred on Monday, and the third presentation occurred on Wednesday.
During this time the CBA engaged in various discussions with key stakeholders regarding concerns with the legislation. As a result of these conversations, and after various attempts at other, less drastic language, the CBA offered a proposed change modeled after language contained in Remote Online Notary legislation in place in other states. Our proposed change would have made it clear that minor technical defects to the notarization process would not invalidate the notarial act in its entirety as we fear to be the case in the bill as drafted. Prior to the subcommittee meeting, we believed that most key stakeholders were in support of our proposal. However, during the subcommittee on Monday, several parties testified against our proposed change.
In an effort to ensure the bill moves forward, we withdrew our requested language and the bill passed out of subcommittee on Wednesday afternoon. We expect for this bill to continue to be debated among interested parties throughout the remainder of the legislative process and we will continue to update you with any developments.
EVP, Chief of Staff, Government & Regulatory Relations