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Sunset Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of notaries by the secretary of state in the department of state, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations in the 2022 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies and making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies, as specified in the department's sunset review of the "Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts" (act), as follows:

  • Continues the act for 9 years, until September 1, 2032;
  • Repeals the requirement that a certificate evidencing a notarial act performed by a notary public indicate the date of expiration of the notary public's commission; and
  • Repeals statutory fees for notarial acts performed by a notary public and requires the secretary of state to adopt rules that prescribe or establish caps for fees that a notary public may charge for notarial acts. ; and
  • Requires the secretary of state to adopt rules that establish minimum requirements for the use of interpreters and translators in the performance of notarial acts.

The bill also:

  • Establishes requirements and limitations for the use of interpreters in the facilitation of notarial acts, including a prohibition against the use of an interpreter who has a disqualifying interest, as described in the bill, in the transaction for which a notarial act is being performed;
  • Limits the liability of a notarial officer for errors in interpretation made in the facilitation of a notarial act; and
  • Appropriates $96,568 for the 2023-24 state fiscal year from the department of state cash fund to the department of state.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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