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CS/HB 121: Notaries Public

GENERAL BILL by Civil Justice and Property Rights Subcommittee ; Garrison ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Benjamin ; Leek

Notaries Public; Clarifies that notary public is entitled to select particular technology in performing notarial act with respect to electronic record; authorizes notary public's contract or employer to require use of particular technology; revises limitations on notary public fees; revises certain registration requirements for online notaries public; authorizes notaries public to use audio-video communication technology to remotely swear in individuals who testify & new attorneys admitted to The Florida Bar; requires remote online notarization service provider to retain audio-video communication recordings of online notarizations; authorizes RON service provider to delegate this duty to secure repository under certain conditions; clarifies that online notary public is entitled to select his or her remote online notarization service provider; authorizes notary public's contract or employer to require use of particular RON service provider.

Effective Date: 1/1/2022
Last Action: 6/23/2021 - Chapter No. 2021-137
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
12/23/2020 House • Filed
1/20/2021 House • Referred to Civil Justice and Property Rights Subcommittee; Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
2/10/2021 House • Added to Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee agenda
2/17/2021 House • Favorable with CS by Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee
2/18/2021 House • Reported out of Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee
• Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a)
• CS Filed
2/22/2021 House • Original reference removed: Infrastructure & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee
• Referred to Judiciary Committee
• Now in Judiciary Committee
3/2/2021 House • 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
• 1st Reading (Committee Substitute 1)
3/15/2021 House • Added to Judiciary Committee agenda
3/17/2021 House • Favorable by Judiciary Committee
• Reported out of Judiciary Committee
• Bill released to House Calendar
• Added to Second Reading Calendar
3/25/2021 House • Bill added to Special Order Calendar (3/31/2021)
3/31/2021 House • Read 2nd time
• Placed on 3rd reading
• Added to Third Reading Calendar
4/1/2021 House • Read 3rd time
• CS passed; YEAS 115, NAYS 0
4/7/2021 Senate • In Messages
• Referred to Rules -SJ 387
4/7/2021 House • Message sent to senate
4/7/2021 Senate • Received -SJ 386
4/8/2021 Senate • Withdrawn from Rules -SJ 397
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
• Substituted for CS/CS/CS/SB 228 -SJ 398
• Read 2nd time -SJ 397
• Read 3rd time -SJ 398
• CS passed; YEAS 39 NAYS 0 -SJ 398
• Immediately certified -SJ 408
4/8/2021 House • In Messages
• Ordered enrolled
6/18/2021 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
6/21/2021 • Approved by Governor
6/23/2021 • Chapter No. 2021-137