Legislation modernizes notarization processes

Electronic notarization will be allowed under legislation signed Wednesday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

“This legislation is a great step toward increasing convenience, uniformity, and efficiency for Michiganders, bringing this process into the 21st Century,” Snyder said.

Senate Bills 664 and 996-999, sponsored by state Sens. Peter MacGregor (664, 997-998), Wayne Schmidt (996), and Curtis Hertel (999), revises current law to allow notary publics and their customers to use modern technology to conduct transactions that require notarization. The bills are now PAs 360-364.

Snyder also signed three additional measures:

• SBs 637 and 894, sponsored by state Sens. Joe Hune and Mike Nofs, respectively, create the Small Wireless Communication Facilities Deployment Act to establish a regulatory framework for installing small-cell wireless phone and internet systems in public rights of way. The bills also cap the amount state and local governments could charge for zoning, permits, and other fees imposed on these “5G” networks. The bills are now PAs 365 and 366 of 2018.

• SB 465, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, amends several sections in the Construction Lien Act to establish lien rights for design professionals for services rendered relating to property improvement. The bill is now PA 367 of 2018.

For additional information on this and other legislation, visit www.legislature.mi.gov.


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