I don't live in California where notary fees are basically capped at $10. But, I know my friends there have a hard time justifying their $10 per act fees to clients. If you take that figure off the books, it could become harder to justify.
The NNA suggests that you support this bill because notaries need a raise. I think there are two sides to this issue, so you'll have to weigh it out for yourself. Again, I don't live there. I don't notarize there, but until I have more info, I would be inclined not to support the bill.
Let's face it, Lawmakers have lots on their plates never give us a thought unless someone is suggesting a new notarial law to them. If an industry in California is pushing for an upgraded electronic notarization program, uncapping the fees would make sense.
I'm about to dash out for a Mother's Day lunch with the kids at a country bbq spot, so this won't be an intellectual discussion...very quickly, my point is:
It seems that hi-tech e-notarization solutions always bring hi-tech platforms and the need for higher notary fees to cover technology costs involved. The notaries are not always the ones receiving 100% of the fees. Dare I mention webcam notarial acts? I know...I'm really sceptical these days.I'm rambling. I've said enough.
Wish I had more time to investigate this...I only learned of it yesterday.
What do you think?
PS - thanks to M for bringing this to my attention. Can't believe notaries only learned of it after it had gone through committee, etc. I missed this one...it didn't hit my Scout filters.