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  • The Louisiana Notary Association (LNA) & its Legislative Team have been following Senate Bill 358 (SB 358) by Senator Jay Luneau throughout the 2018 Regular Legislative Session. This bill would provide for electronic notarial acts in Louisiana. The LNA-along with a host of other trade associations and concerned citizens-has maintained consistent opposition to SB 358. While the LNA agrees with the concept of electronic notarial acts, the LNA does not believe SB 358 provides the necessary legal framework in relation to our unique civil law system here in Louisiana.

    After passage on the Senate Side, SB 358 was heard yesterday (April 30th) at the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure. After two hours of testimony, over 30 amendments submitted at the table (making over 50 amendments in total), questions and answers from both the many opponents and the proponents of the bill, SB 358 failed to report favorably as amended on a 4-3 vote.

    While the LNA feels there is a small chance the bill is heard again prior to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, your Legislative Team remains watchful over several additional pieces of legislation that we continue to monitor between now and the conclusion of session. Until then please register for and continue to monitor the LNA Legislative Blog as well as our Facebook page for more information.


  • SB 358 by Senator Luneau has been scheduled for the House Civil Law & Procedure Committee where it will be heard on Monday, April 30th in Committee Room 4 at the State Capitol beginning at 9:30am.

    The Louisiana Notary Association (LNA) and its Legislative Team have closely monitored SB 358 throughout the 2018 Regular Session. The proposed legislation provides for electronic notarial acts. The LNA and its Legislative Team-along with the Louisiana Land Title Association (LLTA) and the Bar Association-all oppose this legislation. We believe it fails to create an e-notary framework that protects the public and is not consistent with our civil law tradition.

    HCR 31 by House Committee on Civil Law & Procedure Chairman Ray Garofalo, Jr., has been passed by both the Full House and the Senate Judiciary A Committee as of April 24th. It provides for the Louisiana State Law Institute to draft model legislation providing for electronic notarial acts. The LNA, the LLTA and the Bar Association all support HCR 31 as an alternative to SB 358.

    The LNA is urging its members to take action immediately to express opposition to SB 358

     

    1.)    CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CIVIL LAW AND PROCEDURE COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY!

    As always, a brief note is sufficient. But please make your voice heard to the members of House Committee on Civil Law & Procedure (whether by telephone, e-mail or fax...or perhaps all three!). Please encourage your fellow notaries and others to contact these Representatives, too.

    Chairman - Raymond E Garofalo, Jr.

    Republican – District 103

    9000 W St. Bernard Parkway

    Suite 40

    Chalmette LA

    Phone:  (504)277-4729

    Fax:       (504)278-6597

    garofalor@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  John Scurich

     

    Vice Chairman – Randal L. Gaines

    425 W. Airline Hwy.

    Ste. K

    LaPlace, LA 70068-3818

    Phone:  (985)652-1228

    Fax:       (985)652-1229

    gainesr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Peggy Joseph

     

    Robby Carter

    225 NW Central Avenue

    Amite, LA 70422

    Phone:  (985)748-2245

    Fax:       (985)748-2247

    carterr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Joan Arnone

     

    Raymond Crews

    4921 Shed Rd.

    Ste. 200

    Bossier City, LA 71111-5477

    Phone:  (318)716-7532

    Fax:       (318)239-1677

    crewsr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Ali Feaster Smith

     

    Gregory Cromer

    P.O. Box 2088

    Slidell, LA 70459

    Phone:  (985)645-3592

    Fax:       (985)645-3594

    cromerg@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Mary DuBuisson

     

    Julie Emerson

    306 North Church St.

    Carencro, LA 70520

    Phone:  (337)886-4687

    Fax:       (337)886-4689

    emersonj@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Charisse Mouton

     

    Sam L. Jenkins, Jr.

    2419 Kings Hwy.

    Shreveport, LA 71103

    Phone:  (318)632-5970

    Fax:       (318)632-5972

    jenkinss@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Valerie Wilson and Robert Williams

     

    Tanner Magee

    7833 Main St.

    Houma, LA 70360

    Phone:  (985)858-2970

    Fax:       (985)858-2972

    mageet@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Vickie Larke

     

     

     

    Gregory Miller

    P.O. Box 190

    Norco, LA 70079

    Phone:  (985)764-9991

    Fax:       (985)764-9993

    millerg@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Donna Lambert

     

    Alan Seabaugh

    401 Market St.

    Suite 1120

    Shreveport, LA 71101

    Phone:  (318)676-7990

    Fax:       (318)676-7992

    seabaugha@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Terri Dickerson

     

    Taylor F Barras (ex oficio)

    800 S. Lewis Street

    Suite 206, 2nd Floor

    New Iberia, LA 70560

    Phone:  (337)373-4051

    Fax:       (337)373-4053

    barrast@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Julie Romero

     

    Walt Legier, III (ex oficio)

    935 Gravier St.

    Suite 2155

    New Orleans, LA 70112

    Phone:  (504)556-9970

    Fax:       (504)556-9972

    legerw@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Alice Glenn

     

    2.)    COME TO THE COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY AT 9:30AM AT THE CAPITOL

    If at all possible, ATTEND THE COMMITTEE HEARING on MONDAY at 9:30 a.m. You can multiply your impact by bringing friends, family and colleagues to help express opposition to SB358. You are not required to speak, but you can if you wish. The more people who are able to attend, the greater will be our impact and chances of success. A visible presence of members and others who can stand with us is an absolutely critical part of the LNA’s response to the proposed bill. 


  • HCR 31 by Representative Raymond Garofalo, Jr. was reported favorably with a unanimous vote by Senate Committee on Judiciary A this morning (April 24th).

    The Louisiana Notary Association (LNA) has closely monitored the progress of HCR 31. It requests the Louisiana State Law Institute to draft model legislation to provide for electronic Notarial law in Louisiana. The LNA has supported this resolution since its introduction by Chairman Garofalo.

    With minor amendments to verbiage, HCR returns to the Senate floor for debate and vote on final passage. The LNA calls on all members to contact their Senator to urge them to vote YES for HCR 31 (click here if you are unsure of who your Senator is).

    If successfully passed, HCR 31 will then return to the House for either review or concurrence with the amendments suggested today.

    The LNA and its Legislative Team continues to monitor HCR 31 along with several other pieces of legislation during the 2018 Regular Legislative Session. For updates, please subscribe to the LNA’s Legislative Blog or check our Facebook page.


  • The Senate Judiciary A Committee has placed HCR 31 on the agenda for tomorrow morning at 9:30am. This resolution requests the Louisiana State Law Institute to generate model legislation providing for electronic notarial acts in Louisiana. The Louisiana Notary Association supports this resolution and is calling for ALL LNA Members to contact members of the Committee to request their support.

    Committee member contact information is below:

    Senator Rick Ward, III (Chairman)
    3741 Highway 1
    Port Allen, LA 70767
    (225) 246-8838 
    wardr@legis.la.gov

    Senator Jay Luneau (Vice-Chairman)
    711 Washington Street
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    (318) 484-2288 
    luneauj@legis.la.gov

    Senator Wesley Bishop
    7240 Crowder Blvd.
    Suite 402
    New Orleans, LA 70127
    (504) 242-4198 
    bishopw@legis.la.gov

    Senator Jack Donahue
    P.O. Box 896
    Mandeville, LA 70470
    (985) 727-7949 
    donahuej@legis.la.gov

    Senator Ryan Gatti
    2123 Shed Road
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    (318) 746-0861
    (844) 824-6937 
    gattir@legis.la.gov

    Senator Daniel "Danny" Martiny
    131 Airline Drive
    Suite 201
    Metairie, LA 70001
    (504) 834-7676 
    martinyd@legis.la.gov

    Senator John Milkovich
    656 Jordan Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 676-7877 
    milkovichj@legis.la.gov

  • E-notary action at the Capitol continues.   HCR 31 requesting the Law Institute to draft a model bill for consideration is supported by the LNA. This resolution will be heard next week on the House floor.

    Senate Bill 358 to create an e-notary using a common law framework passed the Senate late Tuesday and is awaiting a hearing date in House Civil Law.  The LNA opposes this legislation as drafted.

    HB 572 was voluntarily deferred yesterday (April 11th) at the House Committee for Civil Law & Procedure.

    The LNA's legislative team will continue to monitor developments at the capitol surrounding these pieces of legislation and keep you posted as we learn more about the dates these instruments will be heard. Continue to monitor your e-mail, the LNA's Legislative Blog and like and follow our Facebook page for updates.  

  • HCR 31-introduced by the House Committee on Civil Law & Procedure’s Chairman Ray Garofalo, Jr.-was reported favorably out of the Committee today (Monday, April 9th, 2018) and is on its way to the House Floor for consideration. The Louisiana Notary Association (LNA) fully supports the resolution as it requests the Louisiana State Law Institute to produce model legislation with respect to electronic notarial acts. This provides the best opportunity to produce quality legislation that fits within our civil law framework.

    The LNA is continuing to ask that members reach out to committee members of the House Civil Law & Procedure Committee to express opposition to HB 572 by Representative Tanner Magee, pointing to HCR 31’s favorable reporting (with no objections or opposition registered) as a compromise.


  • The Chairman of the House Committee onCivil Law & Procedure-Representative Raymond Garofalo, Jr.-has placed HCR31 on the Committee’s agenda for this Monday (April 9th) at 1pm. This Resolution instructs the Louisiana State Law Institute to prepare proposed legislation regarding electronic notary law in Louisiana.

     

    The Louisiana Notary Association's (LNA's) legislative team supports the proposed resolution and its goal of providing a quality legal framework for electronic notarial acts within Louisiana’s civil law system.

     

    The LNA urges its members to continue to contact the committee members to voice opposition to HB 572 by Representative Tanner Magee, recommending HCR 31 as an alternative.

     

    Chairman - Raymond E Garofalo, Jr.

    Republican – District 103

    9000 W St. Bernard Parkway

    Suite 40

    Chalmette LA

    Phone:  (504)277-4729

    Fax:       (504)278-6597

    garofalor@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  John Scurich

     

    Vice Chairman – Randal L. Gaines

    425 W. Airline Hwy.

    Ste. K

    LaPlace, LA 70068-3818

    Phone:  (985)652-1228

    Fax:       (985)652-1229

    gainesr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Peggy Joseph

     

    Robby Carter

    225 NW Central Avenue

    Amite, LA 70422

    Phone:  (985)748-2245

    Fax:       (985)748-2247

    carterr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Joan Arnone

     

    Raymond Crews

    4921 Shed Rd.

    Ste. 200

    Bossier City, LA 71111-5477

    Phone:  (318)716-7532

    Fax:       (318)239-1677

    crewsr@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Ali Feaster Smith

     

    Gregory Cromer

    P.O. Box 2088

    Slidell, LA 70459

    Phone:  (985)645-3592

    Fax:       (985)645-3594

    cromerg@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Mary DuBuisson

     

    Julie Emerson

    306 North Church St.

    Carencro, LA 70520

    Phone:  (337)886-4687

    Fax:       (337)886-4689

    emersonj@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Charisse Mouton

     

    Sam L. Jenkins, Jr.

    2419 Kings Hwy.

    Shreveport, LA 71103

    Phone:  (318)632-5970

    Fax:       (318)632-5972

    jenkinss@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Valerie Wilson and Robert Williams

     

     

    Tanner Magee

    7833 Main St.

    Houma, LA 70360

    Phone:  (985)858-2970

    Fax:       (985)858-2972

    mageet@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Vickie Larke

     

    Gregory Miller

    P.O. Box 190

    Norco, LA 70079

    Phone:  (985)764-9991

    Fax:       (985)764-9993

    millerg@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Donna Lambert

     

    Alan Seabaugh

    401 Market St.

    Suite 1120

    Shreveport, LA 71101

    Phone:  (318)676-7990

    Fax:       (318)676-7992

    seabaugha@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Terri Dickerson

     

    Taylor F Barras (ex oficio)

    800 S. Lewis Street

    Suite 206, 2nd Floor

    New Iberia, LA 70560

    Phone:  (337)373-4051

    Fax:       (337)373-4053

    barrast@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Julie Romero

     

     

    Walt Legier, III (ex oficio)

    935 Gravier St.

    Suite 2155

    New Orleans, LA 70112

    Phone:  (504)556-9970

    Fax:       (504)556-9972

    legerw@legis.la.gov

    Legislative Aide:  Alice Glenn


  • The LNA board of directors and legislative team traveled to the Capitol along with several members Tuesday(April 3rd) to testify in opposition to  Bill 358 by Senator Luneau (Alexandria). This bill provides for electronic notaries & electronic notarial acts. As you may already know, the LNA opposes this legislation in its current form because we think it fails to provide the proper civil law framework for these concepts.

     

    Although several legal and regulatory framework issues (along with concerns over 19 individual amendments brought to the table by its author Tuesday morning) were brought up during testimony against the bill the senators on the committee-with the lone exception of Senator Jack Donahue-voted in lock-step with Vice-chairman Luneau in support of the bill. The senators voting to send the bill on to the senate floor were Senators Ward, Luneau, Gatti, Bishop and Milkovich, all of whom dismissed the concerns of the LNA, LLTA, LIALTA, individual notaries and several concerned members of the public. The final tally was 4-1 with Senator Donahue's being the only senator to cast a vote in opposition. 

     

    From this point, the bill moves to the full Senate. We will continue to monitor the bill's progress and update you.

     

    On the House side, Representative Tanner Magee’s version of this bill (House Bill 572) is scheduled to be heard in front of the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure  next week. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, (Civil Law Agenda). HB 572 is SB 358’s companion Legislation, and likewise provides for electronic notarial acts. The LNA opposes this legislation in its present form for similar reasons we oppose SB 358.

     

    Currently, the LNA urges its Members to e-mail, call, and fax their senators and the members of the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure -asking them not to vote against this legislation in its current version. 

     

    Chairman - Raymond E Garofalo, Jr.

    Republican – District 103

    9000 W St. Bernard Parkway

    Suite 40

    Chalmette LA

    Phone:  (504)277-4729 
    Fax:       (504)278-6597

    garofalor@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  John Scurich 

    Vice Chairman – Randal L. Gaines

    425 W. Airline Hwy.
    Ste. K
    LaPlace, LA 70068-3818 
    Phone:  (985)652-1228 
    Fax:       (985)652-1229

    gainesr@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Peggy Joseph

     

    Robby Carter

    225 NW Central Avenue 
    Amite, LA 70422 
    Phone:  (985)748-2245 
    Fax:       (985)748-2247

    carterr@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Joan Arnone

     

    Raymond Crews

    4921 Shed Rd.
    Ste. 200
    Bossier City, LA 71111-5477 
    Phone:  (318)716-7532 
    Fax:       (318)239-1677

    crewsr@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Ali Feaster Smith

     

    Gregory Cromer

    P.O. Box 2088
    Slidell, LA 70459 
    Phone:  (985)645-3592 
    Fax:       (985)645-3594

    cromerg@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Mary DuBuisson

     

     

    Julie Emerson

    306 North Church St. 
    Carencro, LA 70520 
    Phone:  (337)886-4687 
    Fax:       (337)886-4689

    emersonj@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Charisse Mouton

     

    Sam L. Jenkins, Jr.

    2419 Kings Hwy.
    Shreveport, LA 71103 
    Phone:  (318)632-5970 
    Fax:       (318)632-5972

    jenkinss@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Valerie Wilson and Robert Williams

     

    Tanner Magee

    7833 Main St.
    Houma, LA 70360 
    Phone:  (985)858-2970 
    Fax:       (985)858-2972

    mageet@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Vickie Larke

     

    Gregory Miller

    P.O. Box 190
    Norco, LA 70079 
    Phone:  (985)764-9991 
    Fax:       (985)764-9993

    millerg@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Donna Lambert 

     

    Alan Seabaugh

    401 Market St.
    Suite 1120
    Shreveport, LA 71101 
    Phone:  (318)676-7990 
    Fax:       (318)676-7992

    seabaugha@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Terri Dickerson

     

    Taylor F Barras (ex oficio)

    800 S. Lewis Street
    Suite 206, 2nd Floor
    New Iberia, LA 70560 
    Phone:  (337)373-4051 
    Fax:       (337)373-4053

    barrast@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Julie Romero

     

    Walt Legier, III (ex oficio)

    935 Gravier St.
    Suite 2155
    New Orleans, LA 70112 
    Phone:  (504)556-9970 
    Fax:       (504)556-9972

    legerw@legis.la.gov 
    Legislative Aide:  Alice Glenn

     

     

    The LNA and its legislative team will continue to monitor these bills and other Legislative developments throughout the remainder of the 2018 Regular Session.

     

     

    For more information, please continue to monitor the LNA Legislative Blog and the LNA Facebook page.

  • LNA MEMBERSHIP CALL TO ACTION – CRITICAL HEARING TUESDAY APRIL 3RD AT THE CAPITOL

    Senate Bill 358 by Senator Luneau would provide for electronic notaries public and electronic notary acts. The LNA legislative team believes this legislation fails to create an e-notary framework that protects the public and is not consistent with our civil law tradition.

    The LNA members went to the Capitol Monday to express their concerns about SB358 during our 3rd annual Notary Day at the Capitol. Since that time the bill has been scheduled to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee “A” (where the bill’s author is also the committee’s vice-chairman). It is currently scheduled to be heard on Tuesday of next week (April 3rd) at 9:30am.

    The LNA is asking its members to take the following actions immediately to express opposition to SB358:

    1.)CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF SENATE JUDICIARY “A” IMMEDIATELY:

    As always, a brief note is sufficient. But please make your voice heard to the members of Senate Judiciary “A” (whether by telephone, e-mail or fax...or perhaps all three!). Please encourage your fellow notaries and others to contact these senators, too.

    2.)COME TO THE COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY AT 9:30AM AT THE CAPITOL

    If at all possible, ATTEND THE COMMITTEE HEARING on TUESDAY at 9:30 a.m. You can multiply your impact by bringing friends, family and colleagues to help express opposition to SB358. You are not required to speak, but you can if you wish. The more people who are able to attend, the greater will be our impact and chances of having the bill deferred and referred back to the Law Institute, where a solution more appropriate under our civil law system is currently being considered. A visible presence of members and others who can stand with us is an absolutely critical part of the LNA’s response to the proposed bill. 

    You can also monitor the LNA’s Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaNotaryAssociation/


  • The Louisiana Notary Association is actively engaged with Legislators concerning electronic notary bills filed this legislative session. House Bill 572 by Rep. Tanner Magee and Senate Bill 358 by Senator Luneau would provide for electronic notaries public and electronic notary acts. 

    Please take the time to review these bills at www.legis.la.gov. As drafted, the LNA believes these bills do not create an e-notary framework that protects the public nor one that fits with our civil law tradition. LNA Members will be at the Capitol on Monday expressing their concerns about these bills during Notary Day at the Capitol. We will provide more information as this situation develops.