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Legislative News
Legislative News

Announcements

  • HB514 (Remote Notarization bill) has been scheduled to be heard on the House floor tomorrow, May 23, 2019.

  • The House Civil Law and Procedure Committee met this morning to hear testimony on HB514 (Remote Notarization). Below is a link to a recording of this committee meeting:

    http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/VideoArchivePlayer.aspx?v=house/2019/may/0520_19_CL

    Committee Chairman Ray Garofalo introduced 4 amendments to the bill (see attached amendments as well as the original text) which were added without objection by the committee. The bill, as amended, will allow ALL regularly commissioned notaries to perform remote notarizations (subject to rules promulgated by the Secretary of State) when physically located within their current jurisdiction. The Louisiana Notary Association worked closely with the Secretary of State to modify the bill and remove the "statewide jurisdiction only" requirement. Other amendments included changing of the deadline for promulgation of rules by the Secretary of State from August 1, 2020 to February 1, 2021, along with changing of the effective date of the Act from August 1, 2020 to February 1, 2021.

    HB514 cleared the Civil Law Committee (as amended) without objection. The bill will move next to the House floor for debate. We will update you as new information becomes available.

    Attachments:

    HB514OriginalText.pdf HB 514 Original Text

  • Q: What about a document that needs witnesses, do they have to be with the notary?

    A: No, under HB514 as filed, witnesses do not have to be  in the physical presence of the notary at the time of the remote notarization, they can be located anywhere.


  • Q: Will the notary be required to keep a journal, a printed copy or electronic record of the remote notarization?

    A: Yes, under HB514 as filed, the notary involved in the remote notarization transaction will retain a record, or cause to have retained a record, of the remote notarization transaction for a period of ten years.  The Louisiana Secretary of State stakeholders committee will assist in the drafting of the policy that will govern record retention of a remote notarization.


  • Q: Will I (a regularly commissioned Louisiana notary) be able to take care of a will for a home bound customer through remote notarization?

    A: No. HB514 specifically excludes wills, codicils, trusts, Donations Inter Vivos, Matrimonial Agreements and Acts modifying, waiving or extinguishing an obligation of final spousal support from remote notarization; it excludes all authentic acts.


  • Q: Will HB514 require Louisiana notaries to do remote notarization?

    A: Simply put, no. HB 514 as filed gives regularly commissioned statewide jurisdiction notaries the option to do remote notarizations, it is not a requirement.


  • Q: Will out of state notaries be able to do remote notarizations in Louisiana under HB514 as filed?

    A: No. HB514 allows for regularly commissioned Louisiana notaries, with statewide jurisdiction, to perform remote notarizations when they are located within their jurisdiction. The bill does not provide any authority for out of state notaries to practice within the jurisdictional boundaries of Louisiana.

  • The LNA sponsored remote notarization demonstration, held Monday night, provided a great opportunity to experience a simulation of a remote notarization from the perspective of both the notary and the client. The presentation included discussion of the security features (including the online ID proofing technology), document set up, document navigation and record keeping functions typically included in a remote notarization software platform.

    For those who missed the demo or would like to review the presentation, Nexsys Tech, the remote notarization platform vendor who presented the demo, has provided us with a link to a recording of Monday night's event:

    Feel free to view or share it with a fellow notary.


  • Get the latest news updates and information from the Louisiana House of Representatives by following them on Twitter @LouisianaHouse. Information posted includes Civil Law and Procedure Committee meeting announcements as well as links to the live committee meetings, which can be viewed on any device.


  • The LNA will host at its headquarters (Postlethwaite & Netterville, 8550 United Plaza Boulevard, Suite 1001, 10th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70809) a live remote notarization demonstration on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Members and non-members are invited to the free demonstration, whether attending in person or via live online stream.

    The event will feature a demonstration of a remote notarization that will showcase the functionality of a typical online remote notarization platform, including credential verification, document navigation and recordkeeping. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions (both online and in person) regarding the remote notarization platform and HB 514.

    Please plan to attend.

    Instructions to access the live stream of the demonstration are below:

    ZOOM WEBINAR ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS

     

    Monday, April 15, 2019 7:00 PM

     

    Please click this link to access the webinar on your computer or device:

    https://rock-meet.zoom.us/j/205564944

     

    To access the webinar via telephone, please dial any of the following numbers:

    (646) 876-9923 

    (669) 900-6833

    (855) 880-1246 (Toll Free)

    (877) 853-5257 (Toll Free)

     

    Please use Webinar ID 205 564 9444.